High school hockey player Jack Jablonski was left paralyzed after a hit during a game—leading Minnesota to get tougher on rules, and leading families to rethink hockey’s risks:
“I forgot to tell you,” he says. Something in his voice is strange. He looks at me. Cade and Raye are both staring at me now. Peter touches my hand.
“Jack Jablonski broke his neck last night.”
Jack Jablonski—known as Jabby to his friends and the kids like Cade who grew up skating with him on the lakes around our homes—is not the first boy to break his neck playing this game. But he is the first one whom we who have kids still in Minneapolis youth and high school hockey programs have watched grow up.
“The Way We Play the Game.” — Karen Schneider, Sports Illustrated
See also: “A Boy Learns to Brawl.” — John Branch, The New York Times, Dec. 3, 2011