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Jordan Leopold’s daughter to lead Minnesota Wild fans in pregame chant


Jordyn Leopold, the 10-year-old daughter of Minnesota Wild defenseman Jordan Leopold, has enjoyed a meteoric rise to fame this week after an emotional letter she wrote in December in which she pleads with her dad’s new team to trade for him went viral.

The latest perk from her sudden celebrity will come when she leads Wild fans with the traditional “Let’s play hockey!’ chant before Sunday’s game against the Colorado Avalanche.

The Leopold family reportedly has become a hot commodity on the media circuit with the Wild and the Leopolds reportedly being inundated with requests for interviews. Wild beat writer Michael Russo reports that the family has decided it will do one national interview and that’s it.

“We’re humble, private people, so this is tough,” Leopold said, via the Star Tribune. “I am very old school as far as technology. When everybody got BlackBerrys, I still had the old [flip] phone.

“Quite honestly, I don’t know how big it really is because I’m not on Twitter, not on Facebook, not on all the sites. The only thing I see is what’s on [the Star Tribune] and the TV. The response has been tremendous. My daughter has become somewhat of a folk hero or whatever you want to call it.”

Indeed she has. Jordyn apparently is a pretty shy kid so Paul Allen, a local sports radio personality who is one of the people behind the 10-year-old’s adorably heartbreaking and heartwarming letter going viral, will assist her in the chant.

Leopold, the 34-year-old native Minnesotan and member of the Minnesota Golden Gophers’ 2002 national championship, got pretty emotional discussing his daughter’s letter earlier this week. One can only imagine how emotional he’ll be when Jordyn gets her big moment in the spotlight on Sunday in front of 18,000 Wild fans.