Teen returns to hockey after losing most of the fingers on one hand

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – After losing four fingers on his right hand in a work accident in August, Jack Barefoot has returned to the rink, hockey stick in hand.

His is a story of faith, perseverance and positivity.

Barefoot had been working at his uncle’s family business when his hand got caught in a meat grinding machine. He was driven to the Bowling Green Medical Center and then flown to a hospital in Louisville. During the flight he took to social media to ask friends and family to pray for him.

Initially the idea of Jack ever playing hockey again seemed a distant hope.

But with the help and inspiration from close family, friends and his faith, Jack’s dream of playing hockey again became an achievement.

Just a mere two months removed from his accident, Jack found himself back on the rink of the Warren County In-line Hockey League.

Barefoot still finds himself on the rink from time to time to this day preparing for his next adventure, the adult league.

He will soon receive his associate’s degree in business from the South Central Kentucky Community and Technical College with plans of then transferring to Western Kentucky University.