Jack Jablonski: After the hit

  • Article by: PAM LOUWAGIE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 11, 2013 - 3:12 PM

Now 17, Jack powers though his injury with determination and hope.

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ellijayNov. 25, 12 5:34 AM

I'm a man, and I cried while reading this article. Not at the loss of mobility but at the support that Jack is receiving from family and friends and the mature way that Jack is handling this whole ordeal. God Bless you Jabby.

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traphelerNov. 25, 12 8:05 AM

Jack's journey is truly inspirational and reflects the strength, courage and determination of a remarkable young man. There is no question about that. What I sometimes question is the media's perceived infatuation with Jack. I ask myself if the coverage of Jack would be the same if he were from a single parent family or if he were of a different race or from the inner city rather than the suburbs. So many other young people are working their way through seemingly impossible challenges. Let's find other stories of inspiration and bring those to light.

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meechemillNov. 25, 12 9:13 AM

Jack is such a super kid - what an example to other teens. I hope that every coach in Minne4sota reads this story and will make sure their hockey players do not check into the Boards. I hope every Ref will read this an realize the importance of calling the kids out for bad performance and putting them in the penalty box for a full 5 minutes. Maybe this is the only thing coaches learn from - they don't want their players out of the game for 5 minutes. They can handle 2 so don't really drum it into the heads of kids that rough play is not condoned! Jacks's story is the horror story for every parent and grandparent who has kids playing hockey - I think the coaches and REF's need to sit down with every player and let them know this deliberate rough checking is not going to be tolerated. It shouldn't take another terrible accident, like Jack's, to wake these power hungry coaches up and start thinking of the consequences of their actions. How many coaches actually have TRAINING and how many are just hockey dad's doing a job because their kid is on the team? I went to a hockey games yesterday and the Ref's looked like a bunch of teenagers - dancing around on the ice between playing time - how qualified are they? Do they really know what to call? Are they biased for the team they like? Are they just there to make a little extra money? These things have to be addressed if we want our kids to be safe. The 5 minute penalty has to remain - I see where the MN Board want to push it back to 2 minutes penalty - Why? Are they being intimidated by the coaches? They had better keep in mind the safety of the kids and not the whims of the coaches!

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meechemillNov. 25, 1210:36 AM

The hockey game I attended yesterday was not a high school hockey game - it was for little kids and not a high school game. I know the high school hockey coaches are more than qualified and are not just the parent of a kid on a team. There is a big difference. I'm glad the Star Tribune is keeping on top of the Jack story - we need never forget.

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realitychkNov. 25, 1212:58 PM

trapheler, really? It isn't about Jack's upbringing or socioeconomic status of his parents that has this story continuing to affect us and continues to be headlines. HOCKEY in Minnesota, it truly is a religion, kids skating, shooting pucks, rinks, etc. If you've ever been involved in the sport you know that you have joined a 'family' and you develop deep bonds with others like you. I think the story hit home to those of us involved in the hockey world and we wish this boy and his family nothing but the best. I hope he is able one day to lace up a pair of skates again... I wish him nothing but the best.

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lcm333Nov. 25, 12 1:12 PM

Thank you Jack for sharing you're story and also thanks to mom, dad, coach, friends and the Star Tribune for their input. My two hopes is hockey will improve safety for their players and medical technology will be available to enable Jack to walk in the near future. Jack you are are a remarkable young man and the best to you and your family.

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allhailfsmNov. 25, 12 1:37 PM

The reason that Jack's story is told so often as a parable of hope and strength is because it helps the community, especially the Hockey boosters, feel less guilty about what they did to him.

This DID NOT have to happen. It is more shameful than when an innocent teen in North Minneapolis gets hit by a stray bullet, because adults put Jack and people like him into harms way, for their own entertainment.

NO ONE should be physically destroyed for the entertainment of others. Nor should they be allowed to "Choose" their own self destruction in the name of competition.

We have had enough of concussions, spinal injuries, steroid damage, doping, death from heat exhaustion, destroyed knees, hips , hands and shoulders. "Sport" has become physical abuse, just for the thrill of separating winners and losers.

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Lifeguard06Nov. 25, 12 2:32 PM

It's been interesting reffing since the injuries to the players, first bantam A game of the year I had 2 checks from behind. One was the twist and get the major for your team and the second was an intentional run on a player from behind. Both now are 5 minute majors and 10 minute misconducts and for the 5 minute penalty the team is short 2 players. The old way the first hit would have been 2 minutes then a 10 minute misconduct.

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mclessNov. 25, 12 3:16 PM

Dear Jack and family, I hope for the best results of all kinds for all of you. I have lived with a disability my entire life. Jack has inspired many. I offer myself to Jack as a mentor/inspiration that has faced what he is living now. If I can lighten the load for him in any way, please contact me. My website is Kbrownenterprises.com. Keep the faith.

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rochfanNov. 25, 12 6:56 PM

Note to editor: Pretty long but heartfelt. You could use only the poem if you like. Otherwise just send to Jack, a consistently courageous person. Rochfan For Jack Jablonski Faith, hope and love are the here and now The angels in waiting are men and women with dedicated intelligence, plus research, progress and advances in technology The miracles are the wedding of the faith, love, hope and the results of the angels in waiting. Somewhere there is the genius to assemble the current and emerging information to reject the permanence of paralysis. And so, the poem: Faith hope and love Are the here and now The angels in waiting Will provide the how In the meantime The road is hard and long Your job is to remain Ready and strong The hope and the love Of family and friends Holes of fear and despair Continually mend The body of research The training of minds The timing unknown But the answer finds The miracle sought The great reward The regeneration Of nerves and the spinal cord Where is the woman or man Who wakes up one day And says I think I can Solve this problem a new way? The angels in waiting Have the parts to supply While the dedicated humans Have the heart to try. Today? Tomorrow? But never say "never" Faith, love and hope are always forever God bless, Jack. November 2012 Sent from my iPhone

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