Jablonski ready for ‘Night to Believe’ with Wild – NHL.com

Jack Jablonski is determined to turn a tragic event in his life into a reason to believe in miracles.

It was almost three years ago, in December 2011, when the then-sophomore was hit from behind while playing hockey for Benilde-St. Margaret’s High School against Wayzata High during a game at a holiday tournament in St. Louis Park, Minn.

The check pushed him straight up against the boards and left Jablonski motionless on the ice. Following a 2 1/2-hour operation five days later, it was determined he had sustained a severed spinal cord in the neck. He was paralyzed from the chest down, and doctors felt at the time that it would take a miracle for Jablonski to recover full use of his arms and legs.

“When they told me there’s a good chance I wouldn’t be able to do this or do that, I said that’s not how it’s going to work,” Jablonski told NHL.com. “I’m going to do that. They said it was going to take some time and I told them not to worry about it; I’ll do it. Since then I’ve always kept that attitude.”

With the aide of his family and friends, Jablonski has made a miraculous turnaround.

The 19-year-old took an ESPN personality to his prom and was voted high school homecoming king. He has his own weekly radio program on Sports Talk 105 The Ticket in Minneapolis, and through hard work at the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute in Minneapolis four days a week has regained full range of motion in his upper body and has been able to move his arms.

The Minneapolis native, who will enter the University of Southern California as a communications major in January, also helped establish the Jack Jablonski Bel13ve in Miracles Foundation in 2013.

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