20-year-old from Minnesota paralyzed playing hockey


Minnesota native Matt Olson was paralyzed playing hockey on Sunday.

The 20-year-old from Isanti "caught an edge" behind the net and fell head first into the boards, suffering a permanent injury to his spine, according to his Caring Bridge page.

"[Olson] caught an edge racing for a puck behind the net and was severely injured. This was not the result of physical contact from any player. This was a very serious spinal injury that resulted in permanent damage. The family appreciates all the prayers and well wishes."

The former Totino-Grace hockey player was playing for the Chicago Cougars of the U.S. Premier Hockey League (USPHL) when he was injured.

An official from the Chicago Cougars said Olson is doing well after undergoing surgery to stabilize his spine, but Olson is paralyzed from his shoulders down and has a life-long fight ahead of him, KARE 11 reports.

A Go Fund Me page has been created with a goal of raising $500,000 for Olson and his family.

Jack Jablonski, the former Benilde-St. Margaret's athlete who was paralyzed after crashing head first into the boards, offered his support for Olson on Twitter.


Totino-Grace plays Mahtomedi in a section playoff semifinal game on Wednesday night.

Next Up

moose minnesota usfws - flickr

MN homeowner mistakes large tent for dead moose

They spotted two people on a security camera dragging the "moose" across a driveway.

Flickr - minneapolis police officer close-up belt camera - Tony Webster

What happens if Mpls. public safety question passes? City memo provides answers

The memo was sent to the mayor and council members Tuesday morning.


COVID-19 hits Minnesota Wild coaching staff

The Wild will be shorthanded for Tuesday night's game in Vancouver.

Anthony Edwards

Ant takes alpha role after bad loss: 'We need to lock the f*** in'

The Timberwolves' rising star was not happy after Monday's loss to the Pelicans.

parker eisinger

Lakeville football player diagnosed with cancer week before playoffs

The tenth-grader was diagnosed with a form of cancer most commonly found in people aged 65 and older.

University of Minnesota peeping tom suspect

Someone keeps trying to film showering women at U of M

The university has received three reports in the past two weeks.

john Fluevog shoes 1

John Fluevog Shoes closes its Uptown Minneapolis store

The brand could return to the Twin Cities one day.

sidecar drink

Sidecar — Town Hall's new cocktail lounge — is officially open in Minneapolis

It's the fifth Town Hall location, but the first to focus on cocktails.

Screen Shot 2019-07-18 at 9.10.30 AM

Here's where DFLers stand on Minneapolis' public safety ballot question

The question would create a Department of Public Safety and remove some requirements.

Arthur Kollie

Man pleads guilty to brutal murder of 14-year-old girl in Fargo

The 14-year-old girl was the victim of a random attack outside a Fargo strip mall.

Minneapolis Mayoral Candidates 2021 - jacob frey sheila nezhad kate knuth

Here's who has endorsed the frontrunners for Minneapolis mayor

Politicians and community groups are voicing their opinions.