New Wild player Jordan Leopold gets emotional discussing daughter’s letter
Jordan Leopold is now a member of the Minnesota Wild, and as anyone who has seen his daughter’s adorable yet heartbreaking letter to the team’s coaches asking them to bring her daddy back home is aware, no one is probably more happy than 10-year-old Jordyn.
Leopold, a Golden Valley, Minn., native who starred on the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers’ national championship-winning squad in 2002, was traded back to his home state in a deal at the NHL trade deadline Monday.
The feelgood story surrounding how his daughter Jordyn in January wrote a heartfelt letter to the Wild imploring the team to trade for her dad became a national story Monday, one that Leopold seemed still taken aback about on Tuesday as he prepares for his first game with the Wild on Tuesday night, as explained to Wild beat writer Michael Russo (via the Star Tribune):
“That letter was written by my daughter back in January. With anybody that has kids, you know they take things upon themselves sometimes. She was writing a little bit persuasively at school and thought it was a good idea to write a persuasive letter.
“That was something our family shared, ended up putting it on Facebook. Friends and family saw it and some other wives through the years that can relate to it, it definitely has some sentiment. I actually told my wife maybe she should take that off before deadline, but it ended up staying on and going out there.
“It is what it is, it’s a good story and I’m happy the media spun it the right way because really, in the end, this business is hard on families. It really is. Myself, with the experiences I’ve had over the years, it’s been crazy. But I woke up this morning and Carson Daly is reading the letter on the Today Show, and we’ve been contacted by everyone to get my daughter on TV. We’re quite humble people, the fame or whatever you call it, we don’t want it to get to their heads, but it’s nice … it has definitely been an interesting 24 hours.”
When asked about how Jordyn reacted to the news he was coming home, Leopold said she was of course thrilled.
“My daughter is very shy. But my kids picked me up at the airport last night with open arms and it was special. I try not to get emotional,” he said, while becoming emotional, “but it is. It’s a good thing.”
And the letter that started it all.
(photo credits: Minnesota Wild/Twitter, KFAN)