MSHSL report: Privette wasn't hit into boards

12:16 AM, Jan 13, 2012   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - A report finds a Minnesota high school hockey player was not checked before she was injured in a game last Friday.

The Minnesota State High School League issued its report Thursday on 18-year-old Jenna Privette. The report concludes there was no illegal hit on Privette.

The reports is based on what referees at the game saw.  The officials contend "she was not contacted illegally, did not fall into the boards and did not appear to fall awkwardly to the ice."

The statement from the refs also says that she fell "unaided."

Privette's family does not agree with the report.  They remain convinced she was hit illegally from behind.

"We know what happened and many others do too," says Jake Privette, Jenna's older brother.  "But we don't want to get into a war of words."

Jake Privette went on to say that the players involved have all apologized for what happened and that the family is now concerned with Jenna's rehab.  He told KARE 11 that what exactly happened is "behind us now."

Privette is a senior at St. Croix Lutheran High School in West St. Paul. She was playing for a cooperative hockey team against the St. Paul Blades when she was injured.

The report says Privette was not contacted illegally and did not fall into the boards. The report says officials determined she fell to the ice without being "aided" or hit.

Jenna still has no feeling in her legs and intense rehab is ongoing. 

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