Dartmouth High hockey team makes big donation for injured Bishop Feehan player
The hockey community always helps one of their own. Following the injury of Bishop Feehan senior AJ Quetta, the Dartmouth High hockey team recently donated $1,680 toward the center’s medical expenses.
According to Dartmouth Head Coach Mike Cappello, the donation was raised by the parents of the team members.
“It was a great thing they did,” the coach said. “Some of these accidents are tough to avoid — we certainly wish [Quetta] the best during this process.”
Quetta suffered what his family said was a spinal cord injury after he crashed head first into the boards during a game against Pope Francis High School in West Springfield on Jan. 26.
The Bishop Feehan center was taken to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield that night and then to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston the next day, where he underwent one spinal surgery that Capello heard was successful.
So far, more than $760,000 has been raised through a GoFundMe set up by his sister Elyse.
Along with the donation, Capello said the team plans to honor Quetta with shamrock stickers featuring his number placed on their helmets.
“There’s definitely a lot going on,” Capello said. “He’s certainly in everyone's thoughts throughout the state and the country.”
Several other teams and organizations from the region are showing their support. The Boston Bruins have pledged “a minimum donation of $100,000” and are auctioning game-used sticks from their recent matchup against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft also pledged to match up to $25,000 of the money raised.
“The outpouring of support is incredible,” father Anthony Quetta Sr. said in an update for the GoFundMe. “We can’t thank everyone enough for all the heartfelt messages of support.”