BOSTON, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -- We have new information on a story we’ve been following on a high school hockey player who suffered a severe spinal cord injury after crashing headfirst into the boards in his game against a local high school.
A.J. Quetta is headed to a specialized rehabilitation center in Atlanta, where he will continue his treatment.
But before leaving Tuesday morning, A.J. got to see some of his closest friends and teammates, by his side.
A.J.’s Army was right by his side.
“We've only been able to Facetime. It's been really good because he's been in good spirits. It will be really good to see him before he goes off to Atlanta,” said Bishop Feehan hockey captain Tyler Ahmed.
Teammates and friends arrived early Tuesday morning at Mass General Hospital waiting for their buddy A.J., the hockey player who suffered a severe spinal cord injury after crashing headfirst into the boards on January 26.
A.J. left Mass General on Tuesday to continue his treatment at the Shepherd Rehabilitation Center in Atlanta, a hospital specifically focused on A.J.’s injuries.
But before he left, his teammates had to make sure he knew they're always with him.
“These are our away jerseys to symbolize him being away. These are the jerseys we were wearing the night it happened too. It kind of just brings us together, he's a part of our team even though he's not with us,” Ahmed explained.
His teammates said it's his spirit that will keep him going.
“Just a hard worker, very funny, definitely the locker room clown. If any of us were to be in this situation, he would be the one to overcome it,” Ahmed said.
From making A.J. signs to holding up their sticks, one thing his teammates wanted A.J. to know was the community always has his back.
“He's got all of the support of the world, even the Boston Bruins, all over social media, the kid is famous for this, and he'll get through it,” Ahmed said.