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USHL team drafts Jablonski (spinal cord injury)

May 8, 2013, 9:49 AM EDT


The Chicago Steel announced that they have taken Jack Jablonski with the last selection of the 2013-2014 USHL draft.

Jablonski suffered spinal cord damage during a hockey game on Dec. 30, 2011, but his efforts to recover have been an inspiration to many, including running back Adrian Peterson.

“To have the condition he’s had and to be able to overcome it, slowly, but overcome it, it takes willpower,” Peterson said.

Jablonski has been told that he won’t be able to walk again, but he remains optimistic and has made progress in his rehabilitation.

“I can’t improve if I don’t try,” Jablonski said. “What if something amazing happens today?”

He has continued to stay involved in hockey by serving as a student-assistant coach. He hopes to eventually become either a coach or broadcast, although he’s also determined to play hockey again.

He tweeted that getting drafted made Monday his “best night ever.”


Hockey Day in America: Jack Jablonski’s Road To Recovery

  1. jpelle82 - May 8, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    keep on keeping on kid

  2. Eric Broz - May 8, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Before anyone cries “Wasted Pick” this was the 28th round of a draft of 16-20 year olds. I live in Youngstown, Ohio, where we have a USHL team (for at least one more year) and was glad to see this kid get picked. Shows the class of the league and the Chicago Steel team. Best of luck. Keep fighting.

    • brymck1 - May 8, 2013 at 11:16 AM

      this wouldn’t be a wasted pick even if it was in the NHL draft. odds an NHL 7th rounder develops vs good karma (and good PR never hurts) from this gesture? i say the latter wins hands down.

    • cubfan531 - May 8, 2013 at 12:46 PM

      Also worth noting that the draft had been dragging on for a good 6 1/2 hours at this point, after 8 rounds of the futures draft the day before (113 selections that day). Kid was the 390th player chosen (though taken with the 411th pick).

      It’s an extremely classy move, and Jablonski’s still USHL eligible through the 15/16 season. Can’t help but get hopeful for a miracle over the next few years. It’s what made us all love sports as a kid: The belief in the great underdog story.

  3. micklethepickle - May 8, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Classy move. Reminds me of when the Texas Rangers drafted a player from UGA that had a spinal injury from an on-field collision. Love when teams do this. Go Chicago Steel!

  4. prd797 - May 8, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Absolute class move by the Steel. Jablonski is truly an inspiration and I wish him all the best in his fight going forward.

  5. ashtongronholz8 - May 8, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Sick of hearing about this…

    • amerika1313 - May 8, 2013 at 11:13 AM

      Then stop reading the stories. Seems pretty simple to me.

    • upyourstodd - May 8, 2013 at 11:16 AM

      and the dickhead award goes to….

  6. ashtongronholz8 - May 8, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    If you wanna get all emotional about something just remember there’s kids dying everyday cuz they don’t have food to eat. But how could the media make a story of that right?

    • esracerx46 - May 8, 2013 at 2:11 PM

      This site is about hockey. Not starving kids. If I wanted to read about something other than hockey theirs plenty of other sites where I can do that. Try one.

  7. ashtongronholz8 - May 8, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    Alright where’s the news on the khl player that died this year or the plenty of other injuries. My point is I’m from MN and have heard about this far too long. The only reason he got so much publicity was because he’s from a cake eater school and he comes from a wealthy family. Yeah it sucks ass but I think it’s time to give it a rest.

    • bigblackzaranek - May 8, 2013 at 2:49 PM

      bonus points for the use of “cake eater”.

    • hockeyflow33 - May 8, 2013 at 3:07 PM

      Hopefully the same happens to you and we can get sick of hearing about that too.

    • esracerx46 - May 8, 2013 at 3:52 PM

      Here’s your KHL player that died. It was even covered on this site. I hope this makes you happy in your miserable existence.

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