Monday, May 23, 2011

Ian Jenkins passes away Monday

Courtesy London Free Press

Ypsilanti native Ian Jenkins, injured last week when he fell from a pickup truck, has been removed from life support at the University of Michigan and is in grave condition.

MONDAY UPDATE: Jenkins died this morning at 7:54 a.m.

Jenkins, the top-rated American goalie for the May 7 OHL draft, was drafted in the second round by the London Knights and signed with the club last Wednesday. He played last year for Belle Tire.

The Jenkins family released a statement Saturday:

"Although Ian is still here at the University of Michigan Health System, there is very little chance that this situation will resolve in the way that everyone might be hoping it will. We know there has been confusion over Ian's status, and we hope to know more in the coming hours. When there is a resolution we will share it. In case the worst happens, we have already made arrangements for Ian to live on and save lives through organ donation. On behalf of Ian's entire family, and Ian, I want to thank everyone who has sent thoughts, prayers and wishes over the past three days. The outpouring of support has been overwhelming and has showed us how much Ian means to everyone, not just because he's great at stopping hockey pucks, but because he is an extraordinary young man."

"Our thanks go to Huron Valley Ambulance and the U-M Trauma Burn Center for the care they have provided to Ian since Thursday. Special thanks go to Ian's daytime nurse, Jay. We couldn't have gotten through this without him."

"Ian's dream was to make it to the highest levels of hockey, and he did so last Wednesday when he signed with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League. No matter what happens, he had the happiest two weeks of his life leading up to that day, and all of us on Ian's family 'team' were thrilled to be part of that.

“We hope that everyone will keep Ian's siblings Lester, Garrett and Cassidy in your thoughts and prayers. They will carry on his legacy and will need love and support."

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