MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The hockey community continues to support the two high school players that suffered serious injuries on the ice.

Jack Jablonski, who suffered a severed spinal cord on Dec. 30, is making improvements in tiny increments. His mother, Leslie Jablonski, said her son moved both his arms Saturday. It was something Leslie Jablonski described as miraculous.

The Hennepin County Medical Center also upgraded Jablonski’s condition Saturday from critical to serious.

On Friday, St. Croix Lutheran senior Jenna Privette also suffered a spinal injury during a game. Her father, Dan Privette, said his daughter’s legs are numb, but she does have feeling in her arms. Tests have also shown that Privette suffered no broken bones.

Doctors are waiting until the swelling in her body goes down to get a better idea on how her recovery will progress.

Tributes For Jablonski

Tributes for Jablonski are popping up all over the Twin Cities. One alighted on a bridge over Highway 100, just down the road from his school. Another display popped up a few miles south in Edina on a walking bridge over the same highway. Both displays spelled out Jab — Jablonski’s nickname — with red plastic cups.

A fundraiser in St. Paul was held for Jablonski at Soapy Joe’s Carwash on West 7th Street. The carwash has only been open for one week, but the owner – Bill Lindsay, who is a self-described hockey guy – felt moved by Jablonski’s injury. He is donating all of this weekend’s proceeds to a fund to help Jablonski’s family.

“They can’t believe that somebody this far away would want to be involved in doing something for the family, and i think it’s just the tip of the iceberg,” Lindsay said. “I think you’re going to see this going on all over town, so it just gives us a great feeling to be able to participate.”

Updates On Jablonski

For updates on Jablonski’s condition and progress, click on the link below to his new website.

Comments (6)
  1. jackactionhero says:

    Red Wing hosted a tournament over the weekend and held a silent auction and accepted donations for Jabs also. Every dollar and every measure of support will help in some way I hope.

    Jack, you are not alone, and this is not the end of your story. Stay strong.

  2. Richard in Minneapolis says:

    While I fully support all of the support being shown for Jack, I can’t help but wonder how this overshadows any support Jenna would have received. I suspect that if Jenna’s injury had happened a week before Jack everyone would be collecting money for her and wearing her jersey number.

    Maybe the solution is to pool the funds and split it based on the expenses incurred by each family.

    1. jackactionhero says:

      So you want to go communist on the donations, Richard? Jenna’s injury is not similar to #Jabs in that her spinal cord is not severed, and she is not permanently paralyzed.

      1. Erica says:

        @Jack. Richard is correct. I think most of the attention is being focused on Jack vs Jenna. Are you a doctor? The article states “Doctors are waiting until the swelling in her body goes down to get a better idea on how her recovery will progress.” Read the article before poppin’ off at the mouth. Jenna and her family are going through a lot too and must be terrified. I pray for both kids.

        1. Carl says:


          The point Jack is making isnt if Jenna’s injury is the same as Jack. The point is that if I donated to Jack’s cause I wouldnt expect it to be funneled to another individual. If Jenna’s friends and family want to start some sort of donation campaign they should get it going.

  3. Who's Who says:

    It is true? who cares about the severity of the injury, it is the whole rich thing! only one day of news or the black barber that was killed doing the right thing! And no news on the female that gets injured. Just goes to show the medias bias, women and black still at the bottom!

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