CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (AP) — When a motorcycle crash left Matt Neary paralyzed from the chest down, his former hockey coach at Chippewa Falls High School retired his No. 19.

Neary appreciated the move. But he decided that returning the number into circulation might teach the current players an important lesson about life.

So the 1994 team captain asked his coach to un-retire the number this season.

Neary tells WEAU-TV he wants the guys to know that life can change in an instant. He hopes his number will remind them to make every moment last.

Neary recently earned a Master’s degree in occupational therapy. He says life took him in a different path after his crash, proving his point — life is unpredictable.

Neary is seventh on the school’s all-time scoring list with 82 points.

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  1. chris jenkins says:

    thiss guy could play,my brother was on his 91 team when he was just a freshman but coulda played 1st line then,was 1st line center the nxt 3 years though fast as lighting kinda like tthe jason williams story the point guard for duke basketball team google that story..both those guys had talent outa this world but didnt get to reach there full potintial in sports but maybe in diffrent ways n ow

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