MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A report released Thursday by the Minnesota State High School League said Jenna Privette was not checked and no illegal hit was made before she went into the boards in a recent girls high school hockey game.
Privette, a senior at St. Croix Lutheran playing for Minnehaha Academy, has been in the hospital since Saturday morning and still doesn’t have feeling in her lower body after the injury.
Minnehaha Academy was playing the St. Paul Blades last Friday night, and the injury happened with about 1 minute, 43 seconds left in regulation. The report said Privette picked up the puck and went behind her offensive net. She then lost control of the puck and turned to pick it up.
The report said that’s when a St. Paul Blades player moved from the front of the net to make a play on the loose puck. As that player got close to the puck, it was played from behind the net to the front of the net. She pivoted to the front of the net where the puck was, and that’s when Privette fell.
The report said she was not contacted illegally, did not fall into the boards and did not appear to fall awkwardly to the ice. Privette lay on the ice motionless, was eventually taken of the ice and went by ambulance to the hospital.
Officials consulted on the ice after the play, and the report said they determined she fell to the ice without being “aided” or hit.
Both teams met at center ice for a prayer for Privette after she was taken off the ice. The game was called early and will have to be completed at a later date.