The best news item from trade deadline day, and inarguably the most heartwarming, was the story of a letter sent from the daughter of Jordan Leopold to the Wild coaching staff – one that asked if the team could, please, bring her dad back home to Minnesota.
In one of the final moves of the day, the Wild made young Jodryn’s wish come true when they acquired her father from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for defenseman Justin Falk and a fifth round pick in the upcoming draft. What is now being called “The Letter” surfaced within hours of the trade’s announcement.
On the night her dad played his first game in Minnesota, Wild TV caught up with Jordyn to ask her about how her letter came to be and see what’s next for the 11-year-old.
“I thought that it might work to get him home,” says Jordyn when asked about why she wrote the letter. Well, work it did. Whether or not it played a part in Minnesota taking a second look at Leopold, a 34-year-old veteran blueliner, or not, he ended up with the team. Did Jordyn think it worked, though?
“No, I didn’t really think so,” she said. “But it could have.”
Regardless of its impact in the Wild acquiring her father, Jordyn said she might have another letter to write.
“Maybe a thank you letter to the Columbus Blue Jackets,” she said.
After a crazy few days that has seen her dad come back home and her letter get some well deserved media attention, Jordyn will cap off her week by taking the microphone for Minnesota’s traditional, “Let’s play hockey!” call before the beginning of Sunday’s game against the Colorado Avalanche.