BOSTON (CBS) – Injured Bishop Feehan hockey player AJ Quetta received a warm sendoff Tuesday morning as he left Mass General Hospital to go to a rehab facility in Atlanta.
Quetta was critically injured when he crashed into the boards during a game on January 26.READ MORE: What Giannis Antetokounmpo said to Jayson Tatum after Celtics' Game 7 win over Bucks
He was supposed to be moved to the Shepherd Center in Atlanta on Monday, but the trip was pushed back a day because of the weather.
Tuesday morning around 6 a.m., Quetta’s teammates stood outside Mass General wearing their green road jerseys and holding signs.
The jersey choice symbolized that Quetta is preparing for a road trip. The players plan to wear their white home jerseys when Quetta returns.READ MORE: Brookline teachers go on strike, schools closed Monday
“We all said right away we’ll be here for AJ,” said teammate Drew Payson. “He’s got all the support in the world, even the Boston Bruins, all over social media. The kid is famous for this, he’ll get through it.”
A line of teammates lifted their sticks in the air as Quetta was brought out of the hospital and to a waiting ambulance.
What a beautiful moment. A.J. Quetta's teammates at Bishop Feehan just showed up at 6 a.m. at MGH to help send him off to Atlanta for his rehab.#AJsArmy @AJsArmy10 #WBZThisMorning pic.twitter.com/hASmsVdStC
— Liam Martin (@LiamWBZ) February 16, 2021
Players released a video Monday ahead of Quetta’s departure, holding signs describing their teammate. The signs had words like “grit” “determination” and “fighter.” They hope it will inspire Quetta as he faces his next challenge.MORE NEWS: Retired professor runs Prison Book Program, giving inmates opportunities to learn
A GoFundMe page set up for his care has raised almost $900,000.