Benilde-St. Margaret’s sophomore Jack Jablonski missed his first game as the Red Knights boys’ hockey team continued its postseason run Friday.
His mother, Leslie, said he felt nauseous during the day and was taking fluids through an IV in hopes of joining his team in Saturday’s Class 2A state tournament championship game at the Xcel Energy Center.
Jablonski suffered severe a spinal cord injury in a Dec. 30 junior varsity game. He was checked from behind into the boards and doctors have said he will not regain the use of his legs. His story garnered national attention and led to mid-season changes to the penalty structure of the high school game.
Jablonski attended Thursday’s quarterfinal game. He parked his motorized wheelchair in the family’s suite above the Benilde-St. Margaret’s student section. They serenaded him with a chant of, “We love Jabby,” early in the game. Midway through the third period they clapped and chanted his name.
He flashed a megawatt smile as the Red Knights scored a late goal to defeat Edina.
“Him being here really does mean something to us,” Red Knights forward Christian Horn said Thursday.
Horn scored the game-winning goal against Edina. But the biggest cheers in the locker room, he said, were saved for Jablosnki’s arrival.