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Jack Jablonski will join the organization as a content producer.

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Jack Campbell #36, Tyler Toffoli #73, Drew Doughty #8, Derek Forbort #24, Alex Iafallo #19 and Anze Kopitar #11 of the Los Angeles Kings stand on the blue line during the National Anthem prior to playing the Philadelphia Flyers on January 18, 2020 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images

In a dose of news that will get you to feel real human feelings, the Los Angeles Kings have hired a former Minnesota high school hockey player, Jack Jablonski. Jablonski was injured during a game in 2011 after being hit from behind and sent head-first into the boards, injuring his spinal cord.

In an emotional tweet, Jablonski notes that he had “always dreamed of signing an NHL contract.”

He has joined the Kings organization as a content producer and I can’t wait to see his work. Congratulations, Jack!

Read more about it below, along with other news and notes from around the league:

Kings Things

  • NHL Dream Fulfilled: Jack Jablonski Lands Job With L.A. Kings [CBS Minnesota]
  • Paralyzed hockey player lands job with Kings [ESPN]
  • Doughty (day-to-day) doesn’t practice; record consecutive games streak would end [LA Kings Insider]
  • Six LA Kings Players Land on The Athletic’s Midseason Prospects Rankings [NHL.com]
  • Anze Kopitar continues adding to his rich Kings legacy [Los Angeles Daily News]
  • Bernie Nicholls Reflects on His LA Kings Franchise Record [NHL.com]
  • Kings Have Pieces in Place for Second-Half Growth [The Hockey Writers]

Elsewhere in the World

  • ‘I want to cherish every moment’: Why Brock Boeser put family first during the Canucks’ bye week [The Athletic]
  • Color of Hockey: Canada Post stamp celebrates Black History Month [NHL.com]
  • A detailed history of Claude Giroux’s love for grilled cheese sandwiches. You’re welcome, world. [Russian Machine Never Breaks]
  • Elite League defenseman Zach Sullivan comes out as bisexual ahead of Manchester Storm Pride game [Russian Machine Never Breaks]
  • WWE star Xavier Woods on surreal NHL All-Star experience, bar arcades, and wrestling/hockey crossover [ESPN]
  • A glimpse at European hockey development: Can Sweden, Finland, Russia keep pace with North America? [ESPN]
  • Black Hockey Players Celebrated In NHL’s Mobile History Museum [NPR]
  • Former NHL goalie arrested in Bowling Green [WNKY]
  • Mock expansion draft: What Seattle’s NHL team might look like and which player each team could lose [The Athletic]
  • Six ‘Swing Teams’ Who Could Shape the 2020 NHL Trade Deadline [Sports Illustrated]

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