Jake Boltmann gets a surprise from his family after being drafted to the NHL.

What a moment.


It has been a trying time for everyone in the world over the course of most of 2020 and unfortunately at the moment there seems to be no end in sight to this awful pandemic that has derailed the lives of so many innocent people around the world. That's why moments like the one we are about to show you stick out in what seems to be a constant flood of negativity during this crisis.

Among those who have had their lives derailed by the pandemic are young hockey players that were playing either in the minor leagues, college, or junior, players that do not have access to the kind of resources that has made this a considerably more palatable transition period for players at the National Hockey League level. One such player is Calgary Flames prospect Jake Boltmann who saw his season with the Lincoln Stars of the USHL come to a halt as a result of the pandemic, and who was unable to enjoy one of the biggest moments of his life with that family.

Boltmann was drafted last week the in the third round (80th overall) of the 2020 National Hockey League Entry Draft but was only able to celebrate the amazing achievement with his family at a distance... or so he thought. Boltmann was asked to participate in an interview with the Lincoln Stars, one that he thought would effectively be a routine interview like the ones he had done before, but this time around there was a big surprise in store for the 18 year old defenseman. 

Boltmann was at first asked to share his thoughts on what it was like to be drafted by an NHL organization, before the subject matter of the interview eventually turned to his family. Boltmann was then asked what message he would have for his parents if there were able to see him in that moment, a question that Boltmann admitted was a difficult one to answer. No surprise that the question would hit Boltmann hard given his circumstances, and fittingly his answer was to say that he would simply hug his mom and dad if he could. 

It was at that moment that the interviewer instructed Boltmann to turn around, and this is what happened next.