Jordan Leopold (Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images)
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:
Jordan Leopold's 11-year-old daughter Jordyn wrote this letter before the trade, according to @KFAN1003. pic.twitter.com/8RpWT9LpgL — Chad Graff (@ChadGraff) March 2, 2015Columbus 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.
Fletcher on #TheLetter: "I did see it — tremendous letter. It was pretty powerful. We're excited for Jordan." #mnwild — Minnesota Wild (@mnwild) March 2, 2015The 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.