Jordan Leopold is coming back home, and he may have his 11-year-old daughter to thank.
The NHL veteran had been playing for the Columbus Blue Jackets this season while his family was at home in Minnesota. The distance was growing too much for Jordan’s daughter, Jordyn, so the middle schooler decided to write a letter to the Minnesota Wild asking if they might trade for her father.
Jordyn laid out a pretty solid case for her father.
“Well my dad is very lonly without his family,” she wrote. “We are living in Minnesota right now and I am lost without my dad and so is my mom, my 2 sisters, and my brother. It has been since November and we can not take it any more.”
She also laid out where her dad might fit on the team’s roster.
“Well to get to the point the Wild have not been winning games and you lovly coaches are most likely made about that, but your team need’s some more D men so can you please, please please ask the Jackets if you guys can get him! [sic]”
It isn’t always just about business… pic.twitter.com/uVDV3K2Nky“”
— Jarmo Kekalainen (@jkekalainen) March 2, 2015
Well, it worked. Before Monday’s trade deadline, the Wild announced that they had traded former fifth round pick Justin Falk to the Blue Jackets in exchange for Jordan Leopold.
At 34, it’s very possible that the journeyman Jordan Leopold will be making his final NHL stop, which would make the trade that much more important for his daughter.
Jordan wasn’t the only player joining Minnesota under some interesting circumstances. Buffalo Sabres forward Chris Stewart found out he was joining the Wild during a live interview.
“The Minnesota Wild? Sounds good… I’m excited I’ll get a chance to play in the playoffs,” the surprised Stewart said. “I had a rough start of the year, and I thought the last 30 games I definitely turned my game around.”
“They definitely have a lot of skill in their lineup, so me personally, I’d like to bring that power forward game, bring that grit and get in there, forecheck, create turnovers and just use my presence, go to the net, score some ugly goals.”
But the big story of the day belonged to Jordan Leopold and his daughter, Jordyn. The story was so perfect that some hockey fans questioned whether it was true, but veteran hockey writer Bob McKenzie confirmed it on Twitter with a simple answer: “Legit.”
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