“Ian and I have been friends since an early age, and it was always a joy to play against him. He was an awesome friend and I think our friendship grew stronger every time we played against each other. It was an honor to know and play against Ian. He was a great person and I will never forget the great experiences I have had with him.” – Adam Erne, committed to BU
Update: Ian Jenkins lost his battle early this morning. Rest in peace, Ian.
Morris Dalla Costa of the London Free Press reported this morning (May 23, 2011):
Ian Jenkins, a 15-year-old-hockey prospect who has been fighting for his life since sustaining a head injury Wednesday, died at University Hospital in Michigan.
"We want to let everyone know that as he always did, Ian battled right up to the final buzzer but he lost at 7:54 this morning," read a statement issued by his father Joel. "He will be missed. We thank everyone for everything they have done over the past few days."
In a statement issued Saturday Joel thanked everyone for the support the family has received.
"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," he said in the statement.
Bill Dark, Knights goaltending coach who worked with Jenkins said it was a 'sad, sad, day for everyone."
"We have to think of Joel, Debbie an their other three children," Dark said. "I was talking to them (Saturday) night and Joel said in an ironic twist of fate, the accident happened on the 19th day, the fifth month and the 11th year when added up to Ian's number 35."