Injured Hockey Player Begins Physical Therapy

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/AP) — The family of the female hockey player injured in a high school game Friday says she’s still unable to move her legs, but is beginning physical therapy.

Students at St. Croix Lutheran High School are wearing blue Wednesday to honor Jenna Privette. Blue is the color of the cooperative hockey team the 18-year-old senior was playing for when she was hit from behind into the boards and injured.

School President Gene Pfeifer says Privette’s father, Dan Privette, said that doctors have identified ways they can treat the injury. He says Jenna is also fighting an infection from one of her IV connections.

“As we have a learned a little bit more we are optimistic, for a good prognosis that her recovery over time will maybe even be a full recovery. So now we are focused on how can we help the family, there is going to be a lot of medical bills coming up,” said Pfeifer.

According to Pfeifer, the Christian school is devoting daily prayers to Privette in chapel and in classrooms.

St. Croix Lutheran Privette was injured in a game she’d dedicated to 16-year-old Jack Jablonski, a Benilde-St. Margaret’s hockey player paralyzed in a Dec. 30 game.

“I am in her religion class, and she had prayed for all the hockey players in Minnesota because it was getting so violent on the ice and things like that,” said fellow senior Marissa Lucio. “We miss her, and we want her back, we want her walking with us in graduation and graduating with us.”

Student leaders spearheaded an effort to make bracelets for Privette, which will be available Thursday. The blue bracelets will be printed with “Jenna #23-In Our Hearts”, at five dollars each with proceeds going to Privette’s medical bills.

“Reminded us that bad things happen to good people and together we can get through it, and I think it’s a good life lesson for all of us here, when things do go wrong, having friends and fellow students supporting you is really neat,” said Maria Gruetzmacher, St. Croix Lutheran senior class president. “Jenna has always been a fighter. And I give her credit for that. She has been through some other injuries and pulled through and I know she will pull through this.”

Privette overcame a concussion from softball and was known as the top hitter on her team, according to fellow teammate Sarah Gehl.

“She can overcome quite a bit,” said Gehl.

“I think she spoke to me that she even had some aspirations for playing and participating in sports and in college, so we hope her recovery goes well and those life dreams can continue,” said Pfeifer.

A fund has been set up to help Jenna and her family. Donations can be sent to “Jenna Privette Fund” at Anchor Bank, 66 E. Thompson, West St. Paul, MN 55118. Donations can also be dropped off at any Anchor Bank location or at St. Croix Lutheran

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  • Bruce Wayne

    Jablonski is stealing most of her press

  • look at your own video

    I wish you people would look at your own video. Look real close….it was a shoulder to shoulder thing. NOT a check from behind. Both girls were clearly looking at the puck and not at each other and ran into each other, Jenna, after they bumped into each other, lost her balance and fell into the boards.

    • Amen to that

      Thank you. My thoughts exactly.

    • Look at the Big Picture

      That check or lack there of is not the point. The point is that this is a girl (who I know) is hurt and needs support and prayer now more than ever. I wish debates like was it a check from behind or not would end and that those of you who are arguing would simply support Jenna and her family in their time of need.

  • crazyassnuts

    I am disappointed in some of the negativity that has been posted on here i watched the video a dozen times sowed it down made it full screen and clearly Jenna was facing the board trying to move the puck and the other player skated up behind Jenna. now it definitely is not a clear video but you can see contact! Calling it checking from behind might not be black and white but more a grey area! Just because you cant see the physical injury does not mean there is not one. This is some ones child and prayers are needed. Checks,Hits or Bumps from behind don’t have to have Malice for injuries to happen. please be respectful!

  • skeptic

    From 2008:
    One member of the Farmington High School girls hockey team will be reluctantly watching from the stands when the Tigers open the Class AA State Girls Hockey Tournament tonight against Eagan at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
    Jenna Privette, an eighth grade forward, suffered a concussion and a severe spinal cord injury when she was check from behind during a JV game at Lakeville North Jan. 31. One player landed on her head and another on her back, pulling her spinal cord opposite directions, according to her mother, Penny Privette.
    Privette was initially paralyzed, but she is now starting to walk again. She started physical therapy Tuesday and she is expected to be able to return to softball and hockey next season.

    • Deb Mayasich

      The family probably has an ambulance-chasing lawyer on speed-dial.

  • Will

    The refs and eye witnesses say she wasn’t contacted illegally, she didn’t fall awkwardly and she didn’t contact the boards.

  • Hockey Mom

    To look at your own video,
    Get a life! You don’t speak like that about an injured hockey player!! What’s the matter with you? I don’t care what you saw, Jenna was hurt and she and her family need nothing but your prayers!! NOT YOUR WORD VOMIT!!!!! Grow up and pick up and BIBLE and start to read it, you might learn something! I’ll pray for you!
    And everyone please send up a prayer for Jenna, Thank you.
    Hockey Mom

  • m

    Jab#13 is not to blame his not stealing anyones pess. please grow up. her injury is not as bad as him.

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