Lake Minnetonka Hockey Tourney Will Benefit Paralyzed Minnesota H.S. Player

Next Saturday's tournament is expected to draw well over 1,000 people from throughout the state and upper Midwest.

Lake Minnetonka will be the site of a pond hockey tournament to benefit a paralyzed high school hockey player from . 

The Jack Jablonski Junior Bronze Pond Tournament is tentatively scheduled for next Saturday, Jan. 14, on Excelsior Bay.

A Facebook page set up to spread word about the tournament indicates more than 1,000 people and growing plan on attending the event.

Tents are still needed for the tournament, and those able to assist in that area are asked to contact tournament organizers via Facebook. Other equipment and supplies, such as nets, high-speed internet gear and volunteers, are also needed. All are encouraged to help out.

Cost to participate in the tournament is $10 per player, with teams made up of between six and 12 skaters. Registration information and more about the tournament can be found in the Benilde-St. Margaret's student newspaper.

Shirts will also be sold at the tournement for $10, with all proceeds going toward helping the Jablonski family.

Jack Jablonski was checked from behind in a junior varsity game against Wayzata on Dec. 30. The hit left Jablonski paralyzed. He had surgery on Wednesday at the Hennepin County Medical Center, and though family members said it was a "success," the prognosis is that Jablonski .

The upcoming pond hockey tournament is being co-organized by Jake Szarzynski, who says parking will be available at both and the .

A fund has been set up through Wells Fargo to assist the Jablonski family. Information on how to contribute to that fund is below:

Jack Jablonski Fund
P.O. Box 16387
St. Louis Park, MN 55416-2618

Interested parties may also make donations at any Wells Fargo Bank by mentioning the "Jack Jablonski Fund."

St. Louis Park Patch has full coverage of Jack Jablonski's story. Below are links to Patch's most recet stories:


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