ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Jordan Leopold has learned he’s coming home, to the Minnesota Wild.
Nobody could have been more delighted by the deal than Leopold’s daughter.
Hours before the trade was finalized Monday, a photo of a heartfelt letter 11-year-old Jordyn Leopold wrote earlier this winter to the Wild coaching staff was being widely circulated online.
Her handwritten urging of the Wild to make a trade for Leopold was never actually delivered to the team.
The veteran defenseman’s wife, Jamie Leopold, posted it on Facebook a couple of months ago. She told Twin Cities radio station KFAN she found the note on the counter after her daughter left for school one day.
In the letter, Jordyn Leopold said she, her mother and three siblings have been lonely without their dad around.
But as fate would have it, former Columbus Blue Jacket Leopold was acquired by Wild Monday afternoon.
“It’s isn’t always about business…,” Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen tweeted out Monday, along with the picture of the letter.