The Kings have a new employee this season, that of Jack Jablonski, who will be working STAPLES Center’s press box during home games – an aspect of the building that houses a myriad of reporters, broadcasters, and scouts – all of whom outsource a feverishly demanding amount of information and statistics needed for coverage on any given NHL game night.
Jablonski has joined the Kings’ communications department – an invaluable branch of the club that provides all of the above to said media and staff.
This is probably not the first time you’ve come across Jack’s name. In December of 2011, as a Sophomore for Benilde – St. Margaret’s High School hockey team out of St. Louis Park, Minnesota, Jablonski took a hit-from-behind that left him paralyzed from the chest down.
Immediately, his injury, and ultimately his story of recovery, swept across headlines nationwide – especially among the hockey community.
With his passion to continue a career in hockey not diminished, Jack hosted a weekly radio show in Minnesota during the past two years, ‘Hockey Night in Minnesota with Jack Jablonski’ on Sports Radio 105 The Ticket.
Just under a year ago, Jablonski accepted a scholarship offer from USC to study journalism and communications – and with his college education rolling at full boar, an internship with the Kings seemed to be the perfect fit.
“I definitely wanted to keep pursuing a career in hockey and that hockey lifestyle,” Jablonski told Rich Hammond of the OC Register Friday night, “and I’m super interested in PR and communications so I hoped I could find an area that was a good fit.”
For Jack, the hockey knowledge is there, as is the radio experience, and now, a position with an organization that knows how much this partnership can benefit both sides.
“Having had the opportunity to work in radio the last couple of years, that’s been a blast,” Jablonski told Hammond. “That’s definitely an interest and passion of mine, but I’ve been looking into anything in sports media”.
Welcome to the team, Jack.