MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — It was a big weekend for hockey in Minnesota; and the athletes that took part weren’t only playing to win, they were playing to help a wounded player.

This year’s Hockey Blast Minnesota, which took place Sunday, benefited Jack Jablonski, the Benilde-St. Margaret’s student who suffered a paralyzing injury after being checked into the boards last month.

Mario Zattoni, a friend of Jablonski, helped organize Sunday’s event. He said the turnout highlights the type of guy Jablonski is.

“He brought everyone together,” Zattoni said. “It’s sad it takes something like that to bring everyone together, but it’s great everyone is together and supporting Jack.”

Jablonski’s father, Mike Jablonski, said the money raised will be used for his son’s rehabilitation.

“Hopefully the next time we have a pond hockey tournament he’ll be out here with us, playing hockey,” he said.

The teams that played in the event weren’t just from the Twin Cities, some came from as far away as St. Cloud and Fargo.

On Saturday, Fox Sports North (FSN) featured Jablonski’s story during a telethon. And for the first time in six years, Hockey Day Minnesota’s high school tournament had to be indoors because of the effect warm weather has had on the ice. During the tournament, students from Benilde-St. Margaret’s sold bracelets to help raise money for Jablonski’s family.

Jablonski told FSN he doesn’t care if he walks again, he just wants to skate.

“I will skate again,” he said. “I want to get back in my red knight jersey; that is my goal.”

Fundraising efforts from the FSN telethon and Sunday’s tournament collected nearly $200,000 for the Jablonski family.

Comments (4)
  1. David says:

    Why is it that the Jalonski family gets all this daily media attention and fundraising help while Jenna Privette seems to just get passed up?????

    1. jackactionhero says:

      What is it you wish would take place, David?

      I think the first thing that should happen is you should do some research into these two kids, and figure out what their injuries and prognoses are before you shoot your mouth off. Have a nice day.

      1. David says:


        Wow- –

        Seems that your self proclaimed action hero likes to read into things and make issues that are really not there!!
        Read my statement-
        Guess your parents had the forsythe to correctly name you- Jack Ass
        The world would be a much better place if you refrained from breeding your poor attitude !!

  2. tan pup says:

    The news mentioned that Jenna is diagnoised to make a full recovery. . .. Plus this fund raiser was done by the community – perhaps Jenna’s community should rally around her more . . . Just saying. This young man may never walk again, It is my bet Jenna will go out and play hockey again if she fully recovers, just lke she did when she was injured the last time. Think abou it.

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