Keeping a stick on the ice

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Dr. Daniel DiBardino
is a double board-certified physician in both adult and congenital cardiothoracic surgery – in other words, he fixes hearts and where they live – both big and small.

“Every heart is precious and I understand the enormous responsibility of caring for every inch of this important organ,” Dr. DiBardino explains, “that’s why I’m so passionate about providing the most advanced surgical care to all patients with heart disease.”

Using extensive training from some of the best centers in the U.S. including Harvard Medical School and the University of Michigan, Dr. DiBardino works with Dr. Domenico Calcaterra, the Chief of Cardiothoracic Care at HCMC, to provide cutting edge care to patients such as valve repair and replacement, coronary bypass surgery, ECMO, and cardiothoracic trauma care. He’s also currently completing advanced training at the Minneapolis Heart Institute in minimally invasive valve surgery and heart transplant surgery.
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In 2010, Dr. DiBardino practiced at Brigham and Women’s Hospital where he was featured in an episode of the TV series, Boston Med. But “Dr. DiBar” (as he was called on the show) feels right at home here in the State of Hockey – both on and off the ice. That’s right, he plays the sport and has already connected with some colleagues to chase pucks.

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Ashley and Daniel DiBardino

“I’ve been playing hockey for 30 years, including in areas where it’s not as popular,” he says. “It’s great to be able to live and work in Minnesota where everyone knows the game and there are so many opportunities to skate, watch hockey and be a hockey fan.”

Dr. DiBardino and his wife, Ashley, live in the Mill District/North Loop area of Minneapolis with their Papillon-mix dog, Gizmo. When he’s not working (or skating), Dr. DiBardino enjoys lifting weights at the gym, taking Gizmo for walks, and finding new places to eat out for dinner. For more information about Dr. DiBardino, check out the recent blog written by Dr. David Hilden after Dr. DiBardino was a guest on his radio show. The post can be found at myhealthymatters.org.

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Gizmo DiBardino

 

The Hennepin EMS Generals Hockey Team will be playing this Saturday, March 3, in the Cystic Fibrosis – Checking for Cystic Fibrosis Public Safety Hockey Tournament.  This is the 3rd year of the tournament that was started by a former Hennepin EMS Paramedic Andrew Peter. The tournament will take place at the Schwan’s Super Rink of the National Sports Center in Blaine (1700 105th Avenue NE) off of Hwy 65 and 105th Avenue NE. These are the times and teams your Generals will be playing:

Saturday, March 3rd

Game 1 – Generals vs. St. Paul PD Blues. Game time is 8 AM on Rink #7.

Game 2 – Generals vs. Excelsior FD. Game time is 12:40 PM on Rink #7.

Game 3 – Generals vs. Rum River. Game time is 4:10 PM on Rink #7.

This is a 2-day tournament, Sunday is the championship round games that will be starting at 9 AM.  Those teams are based on Saturday’s performances. Come out and cheer on your Generals Hockey Team this weekend.  If you would like to make a tax deductable donation to Cystic Fibrosis, please use the following link.  www.cff.org/lwc/wadejohnson

Chad Greenway, Jeremy Roenick among athletes to visit hockey player at HCMC

Jack Jablonski, the inspirational young hockey player who sustained an injury to his spine after a game on December 30, has had a steady stream of visitors to his hospital room to offer encouragement and support. In addition to friends and family visits, several well-known athletes have also stopped by to see Jack.

The first one was Lou Nanne on January 2, who also spoke at a news conference with the Jablonski family on January 12 to promote enforcement of hockey rules to keep the game safe.

Other famous visitors include: Cal Clutterbuck, Devin Setoguchi and Dany Heatley of the Minnesota Wild;  Dan Brooks, (son of the legendary Herb Brooks); Olympian Rob McClanahan; San Jose Sharks’ Logan Couture, Jamie McGinn, Joe Pavelski, Ryane Clowe;  and recently Chad Greenway of the Minnesota Vikings (on January 19) and and retired NHL star Jeremy Roenick (on January 20) also visited Jack at HCMC.

Jeremy Roenick and Jack and Max Jablonski

 

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Chad Greenway, Leslie, Mike, Jack and Max Jablonski

Concerned individuals, including Jack Jablonski family, speaking out about immediate changes for safer hockey

In light of the recent tragic incident involving Benilde St. Margaret Sophomore, Jack “Jabby” Jablonski, who sustained a severe spinal cord injury from a check from behind that sent him headfirst into the boards, Jack’s family members and hockey leaders are speaking out for immediate changes to hockey to make it safer for our nation’s youth.

WHAT: A press conference covering pointed statements and a call-to-action for USA Hockey to strictly enforce the rules as outlined in the USA Hockey Official Rules & Casebook, particularly on body checking and the boarding penalty.

WHO: Max, Leslie & Mike Jablonski; Ken Pauly, head coach of Benilde St. Margaret Boy’s Hockey; Lou Nanne

WHERE:

Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis

730 S. 8th Street Entrance, Room # RL110

WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 12, 1:30 p.m.

WHY: 

  • To create a safe environment for all hockey players, especially children.
  • We are witnessing an increase in dangerous contact in hockey — a 100 percent increase over the past decade in visits to the hospital due to violence in the sport.
  • If the USA Hockey Rules were enforced more assertively, checking directly into the boards without intention of playing the puck would be called as boarding penalties. They typically are not.
  • What does the USA Hockey rulebook say about boarding? A minor or major penalty shall be assessed to any player who commits any action that causes an opponent to be thrown violently into the boards…The purpose of a body check is to separate the opponent from the puck. Any time a player delivers a check for the purpose of intimidating or punishing the opponent, and therefore causes the opponent to be driven excessively into the boards, a boarding penalty must be assessed.
  • Already, the Minnesota State High School Hockey League is addressing this issue.
  • USA Hockey leaders are at a national meeting in Florida this weekend. A loud call-to-action is necessary to ensure that we place pressure on this governing organization to immediately address this urgent issue. We want referees calling boarding penalties and fans to support the referees that do so.
  • A campaign is being launched to drive change involving governing bodies, parents/fans, players, coaches and referees.
  • To create a safer  hockey environment so that no other player EVER sustains an injury like Jack Jablonski.   We can’t let this happen again.  We must drive immediate change.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS:  Q&A to follow remarks.

Media Contact: Mardi Larson, 612.928.0202,  or mardi@mardilarson.com or Christine Hill, 612.919.8711 or media@hcmed.org