Naval Academy mourning death of hockey player

Posted at 11:34 PM, Nov 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-29 12:02:50-05

Midship First Class Jason Jablonski, 21, of Orchard Park, N.Y. died Sunday at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center from complications of leukemia.

"Midshipman Jablonski was well known by fellow Midshipmen for his tremendous optimism and ability to have a positive impact on everyone he met, even in the face a disease like leukemia," said Naval Academy Commandant Marine Col. Steve Liszewski. "His attitude and fighting spirit can serve as an inspiration to us all, and his passing is a humble reminder about the value of life."

Jablonski was diagnosed with leukemia in August and had been receiving treatment at Walter Reed since the diagnosis. His condition deteriorated significantly over Thanksgiving weekend and his immune system succumbed to an infection. He was surrounded by his family and fellow midshipmen when he died. 

At the Naval Academy, Jablonski was a member of the 13th Company and the men's club ice hockey team. He was an economics major. He was on the Superintendent's list for the past three semesters and the Commandant's list every semester during his time at the academy.

Funeral arrangements are pending at this time.

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