This year's Hockey Day Minnesota took on a whole new meaning, as the day-long event was dedicated to a local high school hockey player paralyzed on Dec. 30.
Jack Jablonski, a sophomore at Benilde-St. Margaret's, was checked from behind during a Red Knights junior varsity game late last month. His spinal cord was severed during the play and he lost all feeling below his neck. Doctors said he would never be able to walk or use his hands again, but the 16-year-old Jablonski has already proved them wrong.
A week after the injury, Jablonski was able to move both arms up to his chest, something he was told he wouldn't be able to do. Jablonski still has a long road ahead of him and will likely never walk again, but he has plenty of support in Minnesota and around the world -- as is evident by the 134,045 that was raised Saturday for the Jack Jablonski Fund during an all-day telethon.
"It's bigger than life," said Jack's mother, Leslie, about the support her son has received. "We're spee...