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On Friday, Sept. 20, Lowell Catholic boys’ soccer coach Ken Hurtubise received a phone call from the mother of one of his players around 11 p.m. Crusaders senior defender/midfielder Stephen Janeczko had suffered a stroke just hours after the Crusaders’ game.
“Just thinking about it makes me emotional. It is the worst call you can imagine,” Hurtubise said.
The team visited Janeczko nine days after the stroke at Spaulding Rehab in Boston, where they presented him with a soccer ball signed by the team.
After spending nearly a month in the hospital, Janeczko was released to go home last Thursday. His parents took him to the Crusaders’ game to surprise the team, where his coach said he was “mobbed” by teammates.