What we're watching (all times EST): WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, third round (Golf Channel) at 2. Canadiens at Capitals (NHL Network) at 7. Loyola (MD) at Rider (ESPN2) and Butler at Valparaiso (ESPNU) in men's college basketball at 7. Baylor at Kansas (Fox Sports Net) in women's college basketball at 7:30. Boston University at Vermont (NBCSN) in men's college hockey at 7:30. NBA All-Star Weekend Rising Stars Challenge (TNT) at 9. Marquette at West Virginia (ESPN) and Fairfield at Iona (ESPNU) in men's college basketball at 9. North Dakota at Denver (NBCSN) in men's college hockey at 10.
After tragedy, a Minnesota hockey mom rethinks hockey: "In an ideal world Jabby would never have skated onto the ice in the third period for Benilde—St. Margaret's School in its junior varsity game against Wayzata High on Dec. 30. A crafty forward with a knack for scoring, Jack, 16, had always been a star on his Minneapolis Storm association teams, but the jump to high school from association hockey is generally a difficult one. He made varsity this season as a third- or fourth-liner, and his coach, Ken Pauly, sometimes had the sophomore play a period or two with the junior varsity to get him more ice time. Jack scored the first goal of the game against Wayzata and played through the first two periods. Since Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) rules limit a player to four periods every 24 hours, Leslie knew he would have preferred to sit and play more minutes with the Red Knights' varsity in its game against Maple Grove High later that night. She was bummed, too; she wanted to see him skate up. Plus, she says, 'the [jayvee] game was getting a bit rough...' Leslie was separated from her son by a plate of glass and a few feet when, five minutes and 48 seconds into the third period, Jack was hit from behind by a Wayzata forward and flew headfirst into the boards. 'When your son goes down, you count to five, and you say, O.K., get up. But he didn't," says Mike. 'I knew something was wrong when he didn't get up,' says Leslie. 'He always gets up. 'Mike was the first to go out on the ice. Leslie couldn't move. Someone pushed her out there; she doesn't remember who. 'When he said, 'Mom, I can't move,' I almost collapsed on top of him.'" [Sports Illustrated]
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