Benilde, Wayzata Hockey Captains Reflect On Jabs

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Jack Jablonski story has been a surreal one since the Benilde-St. Margaret’s student was paralyzing after getting checked from behind in a game against Wayzata.

Jablonski was told he will probably never walk again, and just recently his family announced on his CaringBridge site that he has made major progress. He’s going through rehabilitation and has some use back in his arms. He recently fed himself food, a major step in the process.

The captains of both the Benilde-St. Margaret’s and Wayzata hockey teams sat down with WCCO-TV recently to talk about the hit, the aftermath and how it’s affected them as players and high school kids.

When Jablonski’s teammates were told he would likely never walk again after severing his spinal cord, devastation set in.

“That little hope that you had during the game that it was OK, there it was that it was just shattered. It was gone. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room, it was nothing short of a tragedy,” said Benilde captain Christian Horn.

As you visit with the players from the two teams, you realize they have matured because of it, they have learned because of it and they have discovered because of it.

“About a week after it happened on Thursday, everyone around the state wore white and it was unbelievable. I walked into school at 7:30 a.m., I look around and everyone is wearing white,” said Wayzata captain Sam Majka.

There have been highlights from the accident that they could not imagine, like the high five in the hospital from Jack.

“Jack was able to lift up his arm on his own, and it wasn’t a full high five but he was able to lift up his hand. Walking out of the hospital that night I was the happiest and most satisfied kid there was,” said captain Jake Horton.

There has also been the counseling for the young man from Wayzata who was on the other end of the collision.

“He’s been going through some really tough times and he’s a really great kid. We just want to be there for him and tell him freak accidents happen. He never would intentionally injure a kid like that so you’re heart goes out to him,” said Wayzata captain Matt Halvorson.

There are and will be difficult days and nights for all of them.

“Every night I mean, sitting in bed, laying in bed, there’s nothing I can’t think about that’s not about Jack,” Horton said.

Jack’s teammates have also found an inner strength that they didn’t know they had before the hit.

“There are some leadership qualities that I didn’t think that I had coming out in me,” Horn said.

They now understand that it doesn’t matter if you wear red or blue, you live in a state bonded by a sport that can become much more.

“Down deep it just shows that in the end there’s so much love here for all hockey teams and all hockey players,” Halvorson said.

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  1. Samatha says:

    I think this was a really well done piece. Yes, Jack has gotten a lot of time int he news – but this accident could have happened to any of our kids. The out pouring of support has reminded me that there are good people out there and this Minnesota community isn’t as selfish as self-centered as many believe.

    It angers me that people would use this forum to lash out. You can contact the station directly – not cast a dark shadow over the great work these young men are doing.

  2. Nik says:

    Wow. Don’t read it if your not interested, but there are a lot of people that are. Keep your rudeness and yourself, I am ooh so sorry that your interests are not aligned with the rest of the public and your ignorant statements regarding the socioeconomic status being the reason for this young boy being prevalent in the news..could it be that he is an inspiration, that yes while they are “worse” stories that we like to see someone with such a great attitude and a community offering support. And what is there to say about the Komen-Planned Parenthood story- what do you suggest we interview women that will no longer get breast exams? Yes it is terrible but what the hell are we suppose to do? Maybe instead of being negative if those stories are something that interest you- how bout organize a fundraiser to provide funds for free exams, or start a college fund for the twins? Turn your negativity into something and leave people that are supporting “this hockey player” HIS NAME IS JACK alone!

  3. Nicole says:

    Wow. Don’t read it if your not interested, but there are a lot of people that are. Keep your rudeness and yourself, I am ooh so sorry that your interests are not aligned with the rest of the public and your ignorant statements regarding the socioeconomic status being the reason for this young boy being prevalent in the news..could it be that he is an inspiration, that yes while they are “worse” stories that we like to see someone with such a great attitude and a community offering support. And what is there to say about the Komen-Planned Parenthood story- what do you suggest we interview women that will no longer get breast exams? Yes it is terrible but what the hell are we suppose to do? Maybe instead of being negative if those stories are something that interest you- how bout organize a fundraiser to provide funds for free exams, or start a college fund for the twins? Turn your negativity into something and leave people that are supporting “this hockey player” HIS NAME IS JACK alone! AND stop making this a damn political battle- I happen to be a liberal as well..are you sure you are not conservative? Your argumentative attitude, complaints without action plan, and unnecessary rudeness sure seem conservative to me!

  4. j speedbag 64 says:

    this story is really starting to suck is what people are saying and you don’t have to read it to know that…

  5. Paula, in Coon Rapids says:

    Neat to hear that Jack is progressingll! Can feed himself, now? SUPER!!!!! I was also interested to hear of the player who made the hit…yeah, tough for everyone. My prayers for all involved. This incident gives a lot of people “pause”…to reflect on the important realities of life, instead of always racing on to the next … “whatever.” Because there has been so much coverage of this story, I have skipped over most of them, but glad I took the time, today, to watch/read. Good jorb! Thank you, ‘CCO and Mike Max!

  6. snowfire says:

    Molly, I sense hatred in your rant… religion is barbaric and just like your religion you seem to be a hypocrite. If your religion could provide an alternative to abortion such as adoption without the possibility of these children being brainwashed with religion from the time they are born you may have a successful alternative. If you had not been brainwashed there’s a chance you might be a rational thinker?

  7. Jack action hero says:

    J U S T G O A W A Y !!!!!!!!!!!!!
    We have heard enough

  8. Mother Babbitt says:

    What on earth has caused this negative dissertation? This isn’t about anyone or anything other than Jack …. and for those of us with compassion and love in our hearts for the unfortunate, this one is for us to read and support. Other issues get the same love and support from me as well………..but don’t mix this all together and look for something negative. I pray for the young man every single day…more than once/day, and probably should work on gaining tolerance for people like you, Angus, who seem to lack compassion, love and tolerance….one issue at a time. Don’t read these articles if you can’t handle them logically or sanely.

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