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Recent hockey injuries prompt awareness


ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Two recent incidents have attracted a lot of attention to High School hockey safety.  Last month Jack Jablonski, a Benilde St. Margaret's hockey player, suffered a spinal injury during a game from a check to the back.  Then on Jan. 6, a Minnehaha's Jenna Privette also fell victim to the same type of injury.

"The whole idea of a body check is to remove a person off the puck of you to then gain control," said Assistant Mayo Hockey Coach Jeff Whitney. "If you're going in there out of control and you're drilling somebody because you want to hurt them, you're not doing what we need you to do to gain control of the puck."

The rule at the high school level is... If a player can read the opponents number on the back of their jersey they can not check them, to avoid a check from behind.

Privette of Lakeville remains in satisfactory condition at Hennepin County Medical Center. Meanwhile Jablonski has been upgraded to serious condition when he was able to move his arms.

Coach says these are painful reminders that something needs to be done.

"That's the important part is that they take a look at it and correct the situation if there is a way to make it safer," said Whitney

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