The Minnesota State High School League took swift action to increase penalties for violent, illegal hits during hockey games. The ruling comes two weeks after a check from behind paralyzed 16-year-old Jack Jablonski.
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Minnesota Hockey's board of directors is expected to vote Sunday whether to drop the tougher penalty structure that added more minutes for the most dangerous illegal hits. The rules were adopted soon after Jack Jablonski of Benilde-St. Margaret's was paralyzed by a check from behind. The Star Tribune reports the recommendation to undo the changes at the youth level stems from concerns the stiffer penalties take players off the ice for too long and hampers their ability to learn.
Youth hockey players to face stiffer penalties for dangerous checks
The Minnesota Hockey Board on Monday approved more severe penalties for youth hockey players who engage in risky moves like checking from behind and boarding. The rule changes come after a check from behind left Benilde-St. Margaret's hockey player Jack Jablonski paralyzed.
Youth hockey board retains stricter penalty rules
Checking from behind, like the illegal hit that paralyzed Jack Jablonski last December, will continue to trigger an automatic 5-minute major penalty in Minnesota youth hockey for at least another year. The Star Tribune reports the board of Minnesota Hockey voted 18-6 on Sunday to continue the rule change that elevated the penalty from two minutes to five. An ad hoc committee recommended going back to the original penalty structure while stepping up "education and accountability" of coaches, game officials and players.
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MPR talks with Dr. Bill Roberts, a professor in family medicine at the University of Minnesota who did research decades ago that found most injuries in youth hockey followed illegal blows and checks, like the one that paralyzed Jack Jablonski. He says attention to the fact tends to wane over time but wonders if the recent rash of severe injuries will spur serious reforms.
High school sophomore paralyzed in hockey game
A Twin Cities hockey player is hospitalized in critical condition with two broken vertebrae in his neck after he was slammed into the boards Friday. The Star Tribune reports 16-year-old Jack Jablonski was injured during the Holiday Hockey Classic tournament at the St. Louis Park Recreation Center. The hockey forward and honors student at Benilde-St. Margaret's only has limited movement in his hands and fingers.
MSHSL hockey rule change
The Minnesota State High School League will begin imposing tougher penalties for three of the most dangerous hockey hits. This follows the illegal hit that paralyzed Benilde-St. Margaret's hockey player Jack Jablonski two weeks ago. Fox 9 also reports supporters are planning to honor the high school sophomore at next weekends U.S. Pond Hockey Championships.
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The Wayzata player penalized for the hit that left Benilde-St. Maragret's Jack Jablonski paralyzed says that he was forgiven after a meeting between the two at Hennepin County Medical Center. Jablonski's coach says both him and Jack know the unfortunate injury was unintentional.
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