MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Minnesota hockey player who survived a devastating injury on the ice headed home Wednesday.

Matt Olson slammed into the boards during a junior league hockey game in Chicago six months ago.

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He suffered a spinal injury, leaving him paralyzed from the chest down.

In a statement Wednesday, Olson’s family thanked his doctors and caregivers in Illinois and Minnesota.

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He left a rehabilitation institute Wednesday for his home in Isanti.

A GoFundMe page set up for the former Totino-Grace High School star athlete raised nearly $200,000 for his medical care.

Click here to help support his recovery.

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