Jack Jablonski was only a sophomore in high school when he was paralyzed by a check into the boards during a hockey game for Benilde-St. Margaret’s in Minnesota in 2011.
On Tuesday, he was drafted by the Chicago Steel in the United States Hockey League’s Phase 2 draft.
Jablonski’s tragic injury -- high tetraplegia to the C4 vertebra -- and ensuing dedication to one day get back on the ice spurred support from all over the hockey community, including ex-Kings defenseman Davis Drewiske, who brought the Stanley Cup to the Minneapolis teen’s home last summer.
Thanks to that support, Jablonski and his family created the Jack Jablonski Bel13ve in Miracles Foundation to pay that kindness forward and help others who have suffered spinal-cord injuries.
Jablonski, who hasn't given up on his hockey dreams, reached out to the USHL on Monday before the draft to remind them that he was available.