Tuesday was the annual USHL draft, a day when hopeful American hockey prospects enter one of the leagues that prepares players for professional hockey. It was a dream of Jack Jablonski, a high school player in Minnesota who was left paralyzed from a check into the boards in 2011, to be selected some day.
He made doubly sure that teams knew he could be drafted, sending a reminder tweet on Tuesday. You know, just having a little fun.
Dear USHL teams, Just thought I'd let u know I am eligible for tomorrow's draft. Sincerely Jack Jablonski— Jack Jablonski (@Jabs_13) May 7, 2013
One team took notice and couldn't pass on him being available.
"With their final pick in the 2013-2014 USHL draft, The Chicago Steel are extremely proud to announce that they have drafted forward Jack Jablonski from Minneapolis, Minnesota."
Incredibly awesome job, well done Chicago Steel. What a tribute to a player who has been an inspiration to people all across the hockey world since his devastating injury in a year and a half ago.
I don't think they just made Jablonski's day, I think they made a lot of people's days with that move. Excellent work by the Steel.
Best night ever. #steel— Jack Jablonski (@Jabs_13) May 8, 2013
You can keep up with Jablonski's recovery and progress on the Caring Bridge website here.