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BREAKING: Jori Jones has tragically passed away

Updated: Sep 6, 2023

The hockey community mourns the loss of yet another young talented athlete.

Jori Jones, freshman goaltender of the Gustavus Adolphus College women's hockey team has unfortunately lost her life in a car accident in west-central Minnesota on Sunday afternoon. She was in a vehicle with three other teammates at the time.

At approximately 12:40 PM, the four teammates were in a Chevy Equinox that was heading eastbound on Hwy. 40 - Approximately 20 miles west of Willmar - when a collision happened with a Dodge caravan at the intersection of Hwy. 29.

Jori Jones, 19, was then taken to Montevideo hospital where she later succumbed to her injuries.

Her teammates, 19-year-old Gianna Gasparini, of Lakeville, 20-year-old Kayla Bluhm, of Chisago City, and 19-year-old Lily Mortenson, of Champlin, were all taken to Montevideo Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

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The driver of the Dodge Caravan, a 28-year-old Benson woman, was taken to Benson Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Jones, Gasparini, Bluhm and Mortensen were freshmen on the 2023 Gustavus hockey team that defeated Amherst College 2-1 in triple overtime to win the Division III national championship.

Our condolences to her family, friends and teammates. May she rest in peace.



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