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Blum's hockey dream helps heal past personal wounds

Updated: June 23, 2007, 6:03 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Is there a moment when mourning and loss and tragedy are erased, somehow blotted out by the arrival of the momentous?

No. That notion lives in the domain of Hollywood movies and works of fiction.

But there was something awfully close to that when the Nashville Predators announced they had selected defenseman Jonathon Blum that with the 23rd pick in the 2007 NHL entry draft and made him the first California born-and-raised hockey player to be selected in the first ...

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