A senior forward who led his team in scoring last season, Matt Sorisho already had the attention and respect of his teammate at Detroit Catholic Central High School.
Now, in the wake of great adversity and a daunting challenge, he has the attention and respect of the entire hockey community.
Sorisho was competing for a Michigan all-star team Oct. 4 when he lost his balance going full-speed toward the opposing net and spun into the boards. He fell and sustained fractures to the T10, T11 and T12 thoracic vertebra in his spine, injuries that have left him paralyzed from the waist down. His T12 was so badly fractured that it required two rods and three screws to fix.
As a student at Catholic Central, Sorisho and his teammates had been educated under the school motto: "Teach me goodness, discipline and knowledge." So it hardly was a surprise that Sorisho's teammates all descended on the hospital while their friend was in the operating room.