Joe Hedstrom played in six games for the Badgers this past season. (Photo: Rick Wood, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
MADISON – The University of Wisconsin men’s basketball program, which lost two members of its extended family last May, suffered another blow this month.
Peter Hedstrom, the father of redshirt freshman center Joe Hedstrom, suffered serious injuries in a bicycle accident April 9 and remains in North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale, Minnesota.
According to a GoFundMe page set up for the family:
“On Sunday April 5th, 2020 Peter lost control of his bicycle and crashed on the road while riding with his wife Sharon. Peter was rushed to North Memorial hospital in an ambulance with his wife. He suffered a traumatic brain injury, cracked skull, broken collarbone, bruised lungs, three broken ribs and a fractured ear canal. It’s a miracle that he is alive; God saved his life.
“Peter spent 5 days in the Intensive Care Unit and is now on the trauma rehabilitation floor. He does not remember the accident, but we are encouraged by the progress he is making. He tells his family: ‘Keep up the good work. Trust in the Lord.’ ”
More than $4,000 had been raised by Wednesday morning.
Joe Hedstrom, a graduate of Hopkins High School, redshirted in 2018-19 and played in six games last season before undergoing season-ending knee surgery.
The 2019-20 season was tumultuous but also rewarding for the players and coaches. Assistant coach Howard Moore suffered severe burns and lost his wife and daughter in an auto accident in Michigan on Memorial Day weekend.
The team dedicated the season to the Moore family and won its final eight games to finish 14-6 in the Big Ten to secure a share of the league title for the first time since 2015.