On Friday, December 30, 2011, Benilde St. Margaret Sophomore, Jack “Jabby” Jablonski, was chasing a puck behind the goal line when a check from behind sent him headfirst into the boards. His injury was severe: two broken vertebra and a severed spinal cord; his life changed in an instant. For Jack’s full story and recovery update, please see caringbridge.com: jackjablonski.
Jack grew up playing hockey in the Minneapolis (Storm) Hockey Association in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Minneapolis Hockey Association – along with the Jablonski family – are driving change in the game to eliminate dangerous play and to make hockey safer for young hockey players everywhere.
Jack’s tragic incident birthed Jack’s Pledge, a grass-roots program aimed at enhancing safety in the game of hockey. Through membership in Jack’s Pledge, hockey associations, hockey teams, hockey coaches and hockey players (boys and girls) pledge to play the Right Way — Jack’s Way — by the rules, safe, smart and skillfully.