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Images: J.J. O'Connor and life after his hockey accident.

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  • J.J. O'Connor, general manager the Hornets youth sled hockey team, talks with player Juan Rodarte, 9, of Island Lake before practice.

       J.J. O'Connor, general manager the Hornets youth sled hockey team, talks with player Juan Rodarte, 9, of Island Lake before practice.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  • Mount Prospect resident J.J. O'Connor when he played youth hockey.

      Mount Prospect resident J.J. O'Connor when he played youth hockey.
    Submitted Photo

  • Mount Prospect resident J.J. O'Connor when he played youth hockey.

      Mount Prospect resident J.J. O'Connor when he played youth hockey.
    Submitted Photo

  • J.J. O'Connor, general manager of the Hornets youth sled hockey team, watches a recent practice.

       J.J. O'Connor, general manager of the Hornets youth sled hockey team, watches a recent practice.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  • J.J. O'Connor, general manager the Hornets youth sled hockey team, stops to chat with Michael McCarthy, middle, and Erica Mitchell, both of Chicago, before the start of practice.

       J.J. O'Connor, general manager the Hornets youth sled hockey team, stops to chat with Michael McCarthy, middle, and Erica Mitchell, both of Chicago, before the start of practice.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  • J.J. O'Connor is the general manager of the Hornets youth sled hockey team, which practices in Addison.

       J.J. O'Connor is the general manager of the Hornets youth sled hockey team, which practices in Addison.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  • J.J. O'Connor, general manager of the Hornets youth sled hockey team, talks to Kevin Malzone of Homer Glen. Malzone's son recently joined the team, which is comprised of players with disabilities.

       J.J. O'Connor, general manager of the Hornets youth sled hockey team, talks to Kevin Malzone of Homer Glen. Malzone's son recently joined the team, which is comprised of players with disabilities.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  • J.J. O' Connor works on the schedule for the USA Sled Classic put on by the NHL at his Mt. Prospect home.

       J.J. O' Connor works on the schedule for the USA Sled Classic put on by the NHL at his Mt. Prospect home.
    Bill Zars | Staff Photographer

  • J.J. O' Connor, who has been a quadriplegic since a hockey accident 16 years ago, takes a break from his computer to say hi to Mocha, his Landseer Newfoundland dog, at his Mt. Prospect home.

       J.J. O' Connor, who has been a quadriplegic since a hockey accident 16 years ago, takes a break from his computer to say hi to Mocha, his Landseer Newfoundland dog, at his Mt. Prospect home.
    Bill Zars | Staff Photographer

  • J. J. O' Connor, who has been a quadriplegic since a hockey accident 16 years ago, hasn't let the injury slow him down in his personal or business life.

       J. J. O' Connor, who has been a quadriplegic since a hockey accident 16 years ago, hasn't let the injury slow him down in his personal or business life.
    Bill Zars | Staff Photographer

  • J. J. O' Connor, who has been a quadriplegic since a hockey accident 16 years ago, gets in his standing frame to watch sports on TV for about an hour every morning, The frame helps keep bones strong and aids circulation.

       J. J. O' Connor, who has been a quadriplegic since a hockey accident 16 years ago, gets in his standing frame to watch sports on TV for about an hour every morning, The frame helps keep bones strong and aids circulation.
    Bill Zars | Staff Photographer

  • Ahmed Saada, of Chicago, left, and General Manager of Operations at Prairie Stone Sports & Wellness Center Katie Basile, MS, CPT, help remove the harness that allowed O'Connor to use the treadmill at the Hoffman Estates facility.

       Ahmed Saada, of Chicago, left, and General Manager of Operations at Prairie Stone Sports & Wellness Center Katie Basile, MS, CPT, help remove the harness that allowed O'Connor to use the treadmill at the Hoffman Estates facility.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • After a good workout it is off to lunch at Panerra with his friend Ahmed Saada, of Chicago, left, and General Manager of Operations at Prairie Stone Sports & Wellness Center Katie Basile, MS, CPT.

       After a good workout it is off to lunch at Panerra with his friend Ahmed Saada, of Chicago, left, and General Manager of Operations at Prairie Stone Sports & Wellness Center Katie Basile, MS, CPT.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • General Manager of Operations at Prairie Stone Sports & Wellness Center Katie Basile, MS, CPT moves one of O'Connor's legs on the treadmill.

       General Manager of Operations at Prairie Stone Sports & Wellness Center Katie Basile, MS, CPT moves one of O'Connor's legs on the treadmill.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • "Let's ROCK and ROCK" the group jokes before starting the treadmill. Quadriplegic JJ "Double" O'Connorworks out at Athletico in Hoffman Estates. The Mount Prospect man visits Athletico once a week to do the tread mill for about three quarters of a mile.

       "Let's ROCK and ROCK" the group jokes before starting the treadmill. Quadriplegic JJ "Double" O'Connorworks out at Athletico in Hoffman Estates. The Mount Prospect man visits Athletico once a week to do the tread mill for about three quarters of a mile.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

 

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