ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. (AP) — The parents of a high school hockey player who suffered a spinal cord injury in a game last week say their son won’t be able to walk again.

Sixteen-year-old Jack Jablonski had spinal fusion surgery Wednesday at Hennepin County Medical Center. The Benilde-St. Margaret sophomore suffered a severed spinal cord at the neck and two fractured vertebrae after he was checked from behind in a game Friday against Wayzata at St. Louis Park Recreation Center.

His parents, Leslie and Mike Jablonski wrote on their son’s CaringBridge website Wednesday night that Jack’s surgery was successful, but that it confirmed his injury was horrific. The Jablonskis say that, as they feared, their son won’t be able to walk or skate.

By Thursday morning, the hockey player’s CaringBridge website had more than 147,000 visits.

The Catholic schools in the Twin Cities have organized a fundraiser called “Catholic Schools for Jack” in honor of Jablonski.

On Friday, faculty, staff and students from Cretin-Derham Hall, Hill-Murray and Holy Angels will wear red and white in honor of Jablonski. Totino-Grace faculty, staff and students will do the same on Monday. Other Catholic schools in the Twin Cities have been invited to participate as well. All schools involved will be collecting donations to help pay for Jablonski’s medical costs, and large cards will be posted at each school for people to leave their well wishes.

“Our hearts go out to Jack and his family and the entire Benilde St. Margaret’s community,'” said Jeff Ferguson, Dean of Students at Totino-Grace. “This strikes so close to home. You feel helpless. We asked, ‘What can we do?'”

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Comments (32)
  1. mom says:

    this news just makes me so sad, I hope his family knows that many people are praying and asking God for a miracle for their son. This has to be one of the worst things a parent and child have to endure. Please stay strong and know that this doesn’t mean his life is over.

  2. HockeyMom says:

    As a hockey mom of 4 boys this story hits so close to home. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Jablonski family.

    As hockey parents, we know the sport is rough…..we expect to see our kids get knocked around every once and a while but never EVER do we fathom something like this……

    Knowing my boys, as well as all there team mates, we know how strong spirited a hockey player can be.

    Be strong Jack! Be strong……you have the state of hockey pulling for you!

  3. Prayers for Jack up North says:

    So sad to hear. Praying for Jack and his family.

  4. tan pup says:

    Don’t believe the doctors – they are always gloom and doom. Keep the faith and keep looking for options and don’t give up! There was just an article about a young woman who was pushed into a pool and landed on her neck and is doing better than the doctors anticipated – but is it is a long road! Please give generously to this family – it will be a expensive recovery!

    1. Lori says:

      its not a bent or swollen or twisted spinal cord….its severed. Even SuperMan didn’t get a pass on that. My nephew has a severed spinal cord from a sledding accident at 16. This is more than life changing for everyone involved. My heart goes out this young man.

      1. Jay says:

        THANK YOU, couldnt have said it better. We parents that have children paralyzed KNOW the difference betwen bruised and severed.The most this family can hope for is improved movement in his extremities, and since Im not familiar with being a Quadraplegic, that may not be possible. Our thoughts and prayers are with this family.

  5. Billy says:

    WoW, 16 yrs old and never being able to walk again, what a bummer.

    It’s crazy how a few seconds can change someones life forever like that.

  6. bill wright says:

    pad the boards for the younger hockey players, pad should be tested for certain speeds… air padding would be good

  7. Guy says:

    Stay strong & keep up the hope. He is young & technology keeps advancing.

    There is much hope for potentially fixing this type of injury with stem cells ..

    Also there are advances in powered prosthetics…

  8. Wheezy says:

    Never give up hope Jack. I pray you find the strength and courage to live an awesome life in spite of this.

  9. HockeyMom says:

    Im sure the family could get over it too……..go play with “Kevin” somplace else. This is not the place for it. Im sure others will agree. I would ask you to have some respect but I can only guess you have none.

    1. Joe's Mom says:

      I 2nd that!

  10. felice says:

    There’s a club made up of members who played football in high school & now THEY’RE ALL PARALYZED. I wonder if there’s such a club for hockey players. Such a waste for all these young men allowed to play in such violent sports.

  11. classmate says:

    The player or players that did this to Jack ought to be held responsible. Jack’s parents should sue. These players brutal savage act is not sports its criminal. their violence must be punished in some manner. make them pay the med.bill. praying for you Jack.

  12. l says:

    those boys that did this to Jack have been convicted already. it will be a life sentence just knowing what they did to him. I believe it is criminal, it was an attack and should be prosecuted. they assaulted Jack, plain and simple.
    respectfully submitted

  13. Get it says:

    People saying these boys should be prosecuted have no idea, did you watch the hit, it looked like 20,000 other hits that happen everyyear in hockey, getting checked in the back happens everyday. Are you suggesting every back check delivered should result in automatic jail time and criminal record or only the hits that cause injury? Will the Ref on the ice be the judge? Get a grip it’s ridiculous, it’s an unfortunate accident.

  14. just sayin' says:

    I’d love to hear about Jack getting an apology from those boys and then I’d like to see a public one as well. Maybe it would show other players how behaving so poorly can have such devastating consequences

  15. Tc Kelly says:

    We would be happy to donate our services to host a benefit for Jake. Feel free to contact us if interested.

  16. mel says:

    Does anyone know who the surgeon was? I know a neurosurgeon who practices at HCMC, one of the best in the country. Lots of prayers from Burnsville going up for this young man and his family.

  17. James P. Horan says:

    Are Stem Cell injections being investidated ? With all the technology pertaining to stem cells this course of action may provide some degree of help for this young man.

  18. Bill and Sharon says:

    To Jack and Family
    We want you to know that we are praying for you all………..our hearts go out to you. You are in our thoughts daily.
    Our little Grandson plays hockey for MN Made. Stay STRONG and have FAITH, there is a plan for you Jack!!
    Hockey Grandparents in Pequot Lakes.

  19. massi berenjian says:

    Imso so sorry, there so much competition for no stupid reason. our kids are only in middle school or high school. theres so much after please remind the coachs, players, parents WHO CARES, its only a stupid GAME. my heart goes out to him his parents. im soooooo sorry, he will never be able to drive to dance, to do anything bc of a stupid competion, who cares. my kid who r now 23, 20 were always bullied in a game or their coachs never let them start bc of their color of their hair BLACK, even though it ripped me my husband the kis but we survived LIFE GOES ON . he shouldnt have gotten paralyzed bc of a stupid hokcy game. PARENTS PLEASE WHO CARES. i was surprised to see ur still letting ur younger son play hockey. maybe im over protective but please carefull. GOOD LUCK to u all. i know it was a game but those two kids have to get reminded u dont go after one kid like that shame on them.shame on them . their coachs should be embrassed

  20. James P. Horan says:

    Are stem cell injection possible for this injury?

  21. Iron Mike says:

    Don’t give up hope, Young Man. I will live a better life knowing what happened to you. You will be my inspiration

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