Recently I wrote about the story of Jack Jablonski, the Minnesota teen who was paralyzed from the neck down on a hockey hit that went wrong. Shortly after his injury, he was told not only that he would never walk again but that he would not have movement in his arms and legs.
Fast forward nine months and Jack is not only back at school wheeling himself around in his motorized wheelchair but is throwing a baseball without any help.
Here was the scene at the Twins-Yankees game Monday night:
Sure it wasn’t a great throw but Jack still was able to throw the pitch to Twins first baseman, and hockey fan, Justin Morneau all on his own. I don’t care where that ball landed. Considering where he was just a few months ago, it is an absolute miracle that Jack was able to throw it in the first place.
Which is one of the reasons he’s one of two remaining finalists for the America’s Choice Honoree for Courage in Sports.
And while Jack has been involved in many sporting events since his injury (he also visited a Vikings practice and blew the Gjallarhorn before a preseason game), his first love is hockey leading him to tweet this earlier this month:
Last time he tweeted something regarding the NHL? He asked for Zach Parise to come to the Wild. The Hockey Gods have listened to him before. Would it be too much to ask them to do so again?