Jack Jablonski

The students at Benilde-St. Margaret's School likely felt as if they'd witnessed another Miracle on Ice when their team won the Minnesota Class 2A high school hockey championship Saturday.

Watching from a suite was Jack Jablonski, a sophomore player who had been left paralyzed after he broke two vertebrae when he was checked into the boards during a game in December; he is not expected to walk again.

Driven by their fallen teammate, the unranked Red Knights knocked off the Nos. 2, 3 and 9 ranked teams in the tournament, with Grant Besse scoring five goals in the title game -- and when "Jabby" joined them in the locker room afterward, "We all went nuts," Besse said. Coach Ken Pauly looked back on the journey and offered, "It's been emotional. It's been psychological. It's been spiritual. It's been life-changing."

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