As Jabby's team plays, mom describes signs of hope

  • Article by: PAUL KLAUDA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 7, 2012 - 7:52 PM

Jack Jablonski’s teammates are back on the ice today in St. Louis Park, playing a game for the first time since he suffered a paralyzing injury. Leslie Jablonski said her son displayed more movement.

When the horn sounded to end Benilde-St. Margaret’s 4-1 win against in-town rival St. Louis Park Saturday, the student section erupted in a cheer that defied the usually sparsely attended junior varsity game.

“We love Jabby!’’ “We love Jabby.’’

Cheers turned to a standing ovation roar as the JV players left the ice and the school’s varsity team took the ice.

The game of hockey returned Saturday night at Benilde, which lost teammate Jack Jablonski to a paralyzing injury in a game on Dec. 30. But the outcome was clearly secondary to just having the game played in the same arena where Jablonski, 16, was checked from behind on Dec. 30.

“They’re as ready as they’re going to be,’’ said Benilde boys’ varsity head coach Ken Pauly before the game.

In a sign of hope off the ice, Jablonski’s mother, Leslie, said her son displayed more movement with his right arm and some movement in his left hand for the first time on five separate occasions. He was responding to commands, she said.

“Jack made his day,’’ she said of his doctor, who told her, “I want him to keep proving me wrong.’’

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