Support Pouring Out For Paralyzed Hockey Player

ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. (WCCO) — Students throughout the state wore white to school to show support for injured hockey player Jack Jablonski.

Jablonski was paralyzed after taking a hit in a hockey game between Benilde-St. Margaret’s and Wayzata last Friday.

The outpouring continues online for “Jabs” — as he’s known — with nearly 200,000 visits to his CaringBridge site and messages of support on Facebook.

On Thursday, Jablonski’s detailed the devastating injury and said that the teenager is never expected to walk again. The surgeon said the teen’s spinal cord was severed when his head went smashing into the boards after being checked.

The doctor said Jablonski will need the overwhelming show of support to continue as he adjusts to his new life.

The Jablonski family wrote that the news is “devastating” to the standout athlete. The family wrote on their Caring Bridge site that “Our priority is to help Jack accept and transition into his new life, a life that we did not plan, but one that we have to embrace.”

The surgeon who operated on Jablonski yesterday said the teen can only move the bicep in his right arm and that doctors do not expect improvement.

“Hopefully we are wrong and he is going to prove me wrong. I would like nothing better,” said Dr. Walter Galicich.

Dr. Galicich said Jablonski does have a number of things going for him in what is obviously going to be a long road ahead. Those are his youth, his level of fitness before the injury and what everyone has seen with the extraordinary support he has not only from his family and friends but an entire community.

At Benilde-St. Margaret’s, where Jablonski is a sophomore, students decided to wear white to show their support.  Through Facebook and Twitter, news of the white-out spread, and at countless schools, including Edina, other students wore white too.

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At Breck School in Golden Valley, most students who wore white don’t know Jablonski. Ben Gleekel has known him since he was five.

“He is the nicest kid I have ever met. I don’t think I have ever heard him say one mean thing or do one mean thing. He gets along with everyone he knows,” said Gleekel.

A fund has been set up to help pay for Jablonski’s medical expenses as he goes through these trying times.

Donations can be sent to the Jack Jablonski Fund, P.O. Box 16387, St. Louis Park, MN 55416. Donations can also be made in person to the fund at any Wells Fargo bank location.

See how one former hockey player got through a similar injury 15 years ago.

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  • Richard in Minneapolis

    While I certainly certainly wish all the best to Mr. Jablonski, I also have to say that I am disgusted to live in a country, where despite all of our national wealth, people find it necessary to solicit donations to pay their medical bills. Have we no shame?

    • proudofmystate

      don’t donate no one is making you, you have no idea what this young man and his family will have to go through to adjust to this new life. They will have to redo their home so that it can now become wheelchair accessible, he will have to go through countless physical therapy sessions, and don’t forget once he is released from the hospital there is a good chance he will probably have to go to a rehabilation place before he can go home. I don’t believe the family was asking you specifically to donate. I hope that you are never in a situation where your family may need a little help and I disagree with you I am proud to live in a state and country that are embracing this young man and his family and are willing to help them out because no matter how much you plan in life, no one plans on their 16 yr old to be in this situation. My family has been in a situation that required our little girl to be in the hospital for an extended period of time and my husband and I both missed work to stay with her because we didn’t know if she would make it, our family went to our community and they gave donations for us generously and our family will be forever greatful to our family members and community for the help and support they offered us

      • Proud to live in a country where people DO care

        Well said.

    • Paul

      This is certainly not the forum for such comments or political retoric.

      Keep it in check sir.

    • Tc Kelly

      Yes Richard, sadly, the government thinks it is much more important to send billions of dollars over seas to other countries when our government should be taking care of only US first. Then if there is anything left, use it then to help them.

    • RFF

      Sorry you feel this way, now if it you were in this families shoes and your insurance will only pay part of what is going to be on going, how would you pay for it??? Just guessing that some one would hold a benifit, silent auction, or some thing else for you. No heart or cold heart. I feel for this young mans familiy. I don’t know them but I work with people that have many disabilites and their life is a lot different than yours.
      This is going to be a life changing event . Ramps, bigger doors, special bathroom, Special van for transportation and the list goes on and on. And then you have to ask WHY? they have to solicit donations??Insurane won’t begin to cover much of this.

  • Tc Kelly

    We would be happy to donate our services to host a benefit for Jack. Feel free to contact us if interested.

    • uffdah

      Nice advertising ploy, TC Kelly

  • homv

    RFF, you missed the point of Richard in Minnapolis’s comment. He was not criticizing the Jablonski’s for soliciting financial help. He was criticizing a system/country for forcing people into having to ask for financial support because of an inadeequate and greedy insurance system, and a government that seems to have little compassion or help available for its citizens, thus leaving families like the Jablonski’s no choice but to seek outside financial help. I agree with Richard in Minneapolis!


    Please pray not only for Jack, but also the other players who were involved in this injury. The guilt and feelings they are also going through at that age have to be enormous. I pray for all involved in such a terrible situation.

    • jackactionhero

      Great addition, Darren, and you are right on with this comment.

  • Trev

    This is exactly how help should be administered – voluntary. The gov is not our nanny. People know better how to spend or give their money. I hope Jabs continues to receive support.

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