Paralyzed former hockey player earns job with Kings

Thomas WilliamsHockey writer
Yahoo Sports Canada
Jablonski, a former Minnesota high school player, is now part of the Kings organization. (Twitter/@Jabs_13)
Jablonski, a former Minnesota high school player, is now part of the Kings organization. (Twitter/@Jabs_13)

Jack Jablonski was paralyzed during a 2011 game as a high school hockey player in Minnesota and on Friday, he personally announced a full-time job with the Los Angeles Kings.

Jablonski will now hold the position of Content Coordinator, working in all forms of media for the Kings.

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Jablonski was the victim of a brutal two-on-one hit from behind that left him motionless on the ice. Just 16 years of age at the time, he fractured two bones in his lower neck and was reduced to slight movement in his hands and fingers.

"We all dream of playing in the NHL no matter who we are,” Jablonski told ABC in Dec. 2019. “It's unfortunate I didn't make it to the NHL, but as a 23-24 year old, I have a job with the LA Kings and can’t wait to get started and have that pass that says 'NHL staff'." 

The 24-year-old recently graduated from the University of Southern California with a major in communications and interned with the Kings prior to his full-time role.

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