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    From nightmare on ice to uncertain recovery

    As Jack Jablonski, a Minnesota high school hockey player who suffered a spinal injury during a game, tries to regain the use of his limbs, his family and friends are spreading a message they hope will prevent future injuries on the ice.

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    Jack Jablonski, 16, is taken off an ambulance after he was transferred from Hennepin County Medical Center to the Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute in Minneapolis, Minn. on Monday, Jan. 23, 2012. Jablonski suffered a spinal cord injury and was paralyzed after being checked from behind and crashing into the boards head first. The injury happened during a junior varsity hockey game between Benilde-St. Margaret's High School and Wayzata High School on Dec. 30. Paramedics Geoff Antoneko, middle, and Scott Brethorst, right, were the paramedics who took Jablonski to the hospital immediately after his injury and asked to be part of his transfer to the Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute.

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    Leslie Jablonski, center, gets a hug from one of the many teammates and friends of her son, Jack, as he lies in HCMC Intensive Care, awaiting surgery on Monday, Jan. 2.

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    Wearing his brother Jack's jersey (number 13), Max Jablonski lines up with his brothers' team for the first Benilde-St. Margaret High School hockey game since Jablonski's injury during a game against rival St. Louis Park. Known as 'Jabby' to his friends, the injured 16-year-old honors student, hockey forward and tennis player made the first goal of what would be a winning game for his team.

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    Jack undergoes physical therapy at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis on Jan. 20.

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    Jack, right, is visited by Colorado College hockey players and Minnesota natives Archie Skalbeck, left, and Michael Morin as his brother Max Jablonski, 13, looks on, at Hennepin County Medical Center, on Friday, Jan. 20, in Minneapolis.

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    Jack mother holds up a mirror for him at at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis on Jan. 20. As the 16-year-old tries to regain the use of his limbs, his family, friends and supporters continue to spread a message they hope will prevent future injuries on the ice. A movement they're calling "Jack's Pledge" is aimed at getting kids to play the game safer.

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