A star Massachusetts substantial faculty hockey participant is facing the chance that he may perhaps not stroll once again next a spinal damage throughout a tournament match over the weekend.

Milton Academy senior Jake Thibeault, 18, is currently paralyzed from the waist down and getting taken care of at UMass Memorial Healthcare Centre just after fracturing his backbone and struggling a small mind bleed when playing an Jap Alliance Kickoff tournament video game Saturday in Hopedale.

Milton Academy senior Jake Thibeault.through NBC Boston

He was slammed into the ice rink boards by an additional participant, which happens typically in hockey, but his father mentioned he knew this time was negative.

“When he collapsed to the ice, it was correct in front of me, basically a foot away from the other aspect of the glass, I just occur to be standing there,” Mike Thibeault explained to NBC Boston. “I haven’t been able to preserve my eyes shut for very long considering that to shake that picture.”

He mentioned “odds are really slender” his son will at any time wander again. The 18-year-old’s spirits, on the other hand, are significant.

“Jake getting Jake simply explained: ‘It’s a bump in the road. I’m going to get by this,'” Mike Thibeault stated.

He extra: “I’m his dad, I have age and expertise, but I do not have the … fortitude and character of my 18-year-previous son to be equipped to sit there like that and be imagining about how you’re heading to excel.”

The high college senior has due to the fact talked to his mentor about training to develop into a sled skating Olympian.

Jake Thibeault’s crew requested folks to keep him in their prayers.

“Remember to keep Bulldog and @MiltonAcad_puck forward Jake Thibeault in your prayers,” the staff reported in a tweet. “Jake had a collision yesterday at the EAK tourney and endured a spinal cord harm and tiny mind bleed. He is bought confined mobility in reduced extremities. Jake to nurses right now..’I’m ready to battle.'”