When Minnesota acquired Jordan Leopold from Columbus Monday, the Wild not only landed a veteran defenseman – they granted the wish of a young girl who wanted her father at home. That girl was Leopold’s daughter, Jordyn – and you should read her touching letter to the Wild requesting they trade for her dad.
The Minnesota Wild and Columbus Blue Jackets pulled off a relatively minor trade before the 3 p.m. Eastern trade deadline, but when Minnesota landed Jordan Leopold from the Jackets, they not only acquired a veteran defenseman, but granted the wish of a young hockey fan – Leopold’s 11-year-old daughter, Jordyn.
Due to his duties with the Jackets this season, Jordan Leopold, a native of Golden Valley, Minn., hadn’t been back home since November. And in a letter sent to the Wild in January – and obtained by Minneapolis-St. Paul-based radio station KFAN 100.3 – his daughter Jordyn made a heartfelt request for the team to consider acquiring her father:
— Chad Graff (@ChadGraff) March 2, 2015
Columbus GM Jarmo Kekalainen said he hadn’t seen Jordyn Leopold’s letter prior to the trade, but he’d already been investigating the possibility of trading Jordan Leopold to a place he could be near his family. Wild GM Chuck Fletcher said after the trade he had seen Jordyn Leopold’s letter, and was touched by it as well.
— Minnesota Wild (@mnwild) March 2, 2015
The Blue Jackets received defenseman Justin Falk and a fifth-round pick in return for the 34-year-old Leopold’s services, but they and the Wild acquired a large amount of goodwill from hockey fans (not to mention, the Leopold household) for considering the human side of the game before making personnel decisions.