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02/25/2012 12:38 pm ET Updated Feb 25, 2012

Jack Jablonski, Paralyzed High School Hockey Player, Surprises Teammates At Playoff Game

Paralyzed 16-year-old high school hockey player Jack Jablonski surprised his former teammates earlier this week at their playoff game, KSTP.com reported.

Jablonksi was left seriously injured -- and may never be able to walk again -- during an ice hockey game last December.

Now, determined to be positive, Jablonksi eagerly returned to the St. Louis Park Recreation Center in Minneapolis where the Benilde-St. Margaret's ice hockey team plays their games.

"It's home. It's what I've grown up doing," Jablonksi told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "It's second nature."

Coach Ken Pauly told players after they met Jablonski that the team "is whole tonight."

Jablonski's mother, Leslie, said the reunion was very emotional. "I think about the last time he was here and how he left. To see him come back in here now is a joy, but to see him in a chair, back in the rink, is really emotional," she told KSTP.com.

Jablonksi received an outpouring of support after his accident. Celebrities like Minnesota North Stars legend Lou Nanne visited the teen and the injury has resulted in a bigger conversation about amending the rules of youth hockey.

At the team's reunion, chaplain Mike Jeremiah referred to Shel Silverstein's book, "The Missing Piece." "Things are not perfect until that piece is returned. This is it tonight," the Star Tribune reported.

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