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After the Washington Capitals’ morning skate at the Xcel Energy Center, several players had a chance to meet Jack Jablonski, the now 18-year-old Minnesotan who was paralyzed after being hit from behind during a high school hockey game.

Instead of becoming a sob story, Jablonski has become an inspirational figure in hockey. Here’s his story, beautifully told by ESPN 360.

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A few minutes after the Washington Capitals won the Kraft Hockeyville game via Mike Green’s shootout goal, Jack Jablonski tweeted out a gift that he got recently from Caps captain Alex Ovechkin. It’s a signed helmet from Ovechkin that reads in Russian, “Be healthy and good luck! Be a good guy! From Ovi.”

Jablonksi tweeted in response, “An @ovi8 helmet! Can’t thank you enough!! Good luck this season! You’re my hero #iloverussians.”

For those not familiar with the story, Jablonski was a high school hockey player in Minnesota who got paralyzed during a game. Check out this beautiful video.

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