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Paralyzed hockey player Jack Jablonski threw out first pitch at Twins game (video)

Jack Jablonski, the Minnesota high school hockey player who has become a symbol of perseverance and inspiration following a tragic accident during a junior-varsity game on Dec. 20, 2001 that left him paralyzed, threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Minnesota Twins took on the New York Yankees at Target Field on Monday.

Saying he was a “little nervous” beforehand, adding that he hoped he doesn’t “mess it up,” Jablonski threw the first pitch to Twins first baseman Justin Morneau, a huge hockey fan in his own right.

Jablonski, throughout his post-injury ordeal that also saw him become the subject of nationwide reporting as well as the recipient of  the support, prayers and admiration of NHL players, has managed to transform himself into a pillar of strength and quiet dignity. Still, he cannot believe all the attention he receives, saying, “”It’s pretty mind-blowing all the things I’ve been invited to. I never expected this. It’s a dream come true to be able to meet so many people I looked up to when I was playing sports.”

What a great kid. All the best to Jablonski and his family.

(to stay apprised of Jack Jablonski’s progress as he attempts to battle back after his debilitating injury, check out his page on Caring Bridge)