The United States Hockey League, the top junior ice hockey league in the country, held their annual draft on Monday and Tuesday.
For the most part, it proceeded as it typically would in any given year. That is, until, one of the very last picks.
Prior to the draft, a young man by the name of Jack Jablonski took to Twitter to let USHL teams know that he was eligible for this year’s draft.
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
If you aren’t familiar with Jablonski, he suffered a horrendous injury during a Minnesota high school hockey game that left him paralyzed.
He’s received tons of support since, even from hockey legend Wayne Gretzky and all-world running back Adrian Peterson.
It was on Tuesday night, however, that his dreams came true. The Chicago Steel stepped up to the plate and drafted Jablonski with their last pick of the draft.
With the final pick the Steel draft Jack Jablonski. Congrats @jabs_13 on becoming a member of the Steel!
— Chicago Steel (@ChicagoSteel) May 8, 2013
For a kid who once had the world ahead of him on the ice, yet had it ripped away in a mere second, this moment will never be forgotten.
Best night ever. #steel
— Jack Jablonski (@Jabs_13) May 8, 2013
Sports have an ability to lift people up and take away the pain, if only for a second.
A fantastic display by the Chicago Steel.
The following video is Jablonski’s story.