‘Fight Hard Every Day’: Former Massachusetts High School Hockey Player With Spinal Cord Injury Returns To The Ice As A Coach – Boston News, Weather, Sports

ATTLEBORO, MASS. (WHDH) – A former Massachusetts high school hockey player who was seriously injured on the ice in a game earlier this year has returned to the rink as a member of the coaching staff of the ‘team.

AJ Quetta, a graduate of Bishop Feehan High School, has joined the coaching staff of the varsity hockey team as an assistant, whose main responsibilities will include working with forwards, helping with breaking down workouts and game films for the team, brand building and program communication.

“I couldn’t be happier and blessed that this opportunity has presented itself so quickly. I just like the people I know, ”Quetta said.

Quetta suffered a serious spinal cord injury when he crashed headfirst into the boards during a game against Pope Francis in Springfield on January 26.

“I had a rough start until 2021, but 10 months later from that day… I never saw myself being involved and doing what I’m doing now,” said the hockey coach. “I just live day to day and have as much fun as possible. I won’t let anything hold me back.

Bishop Feehan head coach David Franzona says Quetta has already made a valuable addition to the team’s coaching staff.

“He does an incredible job. His hockey wins speak for themselves, ”said Franzona.

The players also expressed their gratitude for the addition of the new coaching staff, saying Quetta helps boost team morale.

“It’s great to have him up there to keep morale up. Everything we do is for him, ”said player Ryan D’Amato. “He fights hard every day so the [least] we can do is fight hard for it.

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