ATTLEBORO, Mass. — Tens of thousands of dollars in donations are pouring in for a local high school hockey player who was seriously hurt on the ice during his game Tuesday night.
Bishop Feehan High School senior A.J. Quetta had to be taken off the ice on a stretcher after crashing headfirst into the boards.
Bishop Feehan High School President Tim Sullivan said A.J. is being treated at a Boston hospital.
“The entire Feehan community is thinking only about A.J. today as school begins,” Sullivan said in an interview live on Boston 25 News Thursday morning. “We’re just rooting for A.J. We know he’s strong and we’re sure he’s fighting right now.”
A.J.’s sister told Boston 25 News he underwent surgery Wednesday night and the procedure went well.
Meanwhile, donations are pouring in to support the teenager’s recovery and his mounting medical bills.
As of Thursday morning, a GoFundMe page had raised nearly $300,000.
The Greg Hill Foundation is also raising money for A.J., pledging to match up to $10,000 in donations. Patriots owner Robert Kraft vowed to match up to $25,000 in donations.
The Boston Bruins released a statement on Twitter Wednesday night that reads, “The Boston Bruins are sending best wishes to Bishop Feehan hockey player A.J. Quetta. We are keeping A.J., his family, and the Bishop Feehan community in our hearts during this very difficult time.”
A.J.’s family is asking for prayers as he recovers.
“At Bishop Feehan, we believe prayer works,” said Sullivan. “That’s been a big part of our message to our kids.”
Matt Brown, a hockey player paralyzed after crashing into the boards while playing for Norwood High School in 2010, tweeted about A.J. and said his foundation will offer support.