MUSKEGON, Michigan (October 16th) – During an October 4th game at an ice rink in Farmington Hills, Michigan, a young man by the name of Matt Sorisho, a senior forward from Detroit Catholic Central High School, was skating with the puck down the ice until his life took a sudden uneventful turn in one split second.
Sorisho had beaten the opposing defenseman in the offensive zone and eventually fired a shot on net before being hit in the open ice causing his body to spin into the boards with his back hitting first. As a result from Sorisho’s back hitting the boards at a high-rate of speed, his back was broken in two places, and his spinal cord was severed paralyzing him from the waist down.
“He screamed immediately, ‘My legs!’” said Debbie Sorisho, the mother of Matt, in article done by Craig Custance of ESPN.com. “I knew. I knew.”
The article from Craig Custance went on to say that his mother noticed a few seconds earlier that Matt’s line mates had went to the bench on line change and couldn’t help but think about if things would have been different if Matt would have went off with them.
“Had he just skated off,” she said in ESPN’s article with her voice trailing. “Had he just skated off.”
Matt was taken to Botsford Hospital in Farmington Hills, Michigan where he went through a seven-hour surgery in which the doctors removed a shattered lumbar vertebra (between the rib cage and pelvis) along with inserting pins and rods to stabilize the spine. Matt also suffered a concussion in the incident.
Matt is currently rehabbing at the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor for the next four to six weeks. Matt has already been visited by well-known hockey personalities such as Phoenix Coyotes Forward David Moss, a Detroit Catholic Central alum, and Detroit Red Wings Head Coach Mike Babcock, whose son, Mike Babcock Jr., played at Detroit Catholic Central and currently plays for the Fargo Force in the USHL.
Throughout this week, the Muskegon Lumberjacks Charitable Foundation (MLCF) will be raising funds for the “Matthew Sorisho Hockey Injury Fund” started by his parents, Debbie and James Sorisho, to raise funds for the expenses for the modification of the family home, assist with medical expenses not covered by insurance, purchase necessary equipment, and offset increased living expenses.
(Nathan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)