Trade Deadline Highlight: Jordyn Leopold’s heartfelt letter to Minnesota brings Daddy home

It’s been three days since the trade deadline ended. As usual, there were plenty of moves. According to, there were 24 trades involving 43 players on Monday. Even if there really wasn’t a splash due to the Rangers acquiring Keith Yandle from Arizona the night before, there still was one highlight that stands out above the rest.

For 11-year old Jordyn Leopold, she missed her Daddy Jordan so much that she wrote a heartfelt letter to the Minnesota Wild back in January to bring her Dad home. It’s one of those feel good stories that warms our hearts. Family is very important. I’m thankful for my Dad, brother and Mom. I’d be lost without their support.

In sports, players move due to business. Jordan Leopold was spending the winter in Columbus away from his family. The Blue Jackets were expected to contend for the playoffs. Instead, a ridiculous amount of injuries killed their chances. They have 399 man games lost. The 34-year old veteran defenseman hadn’t played regularly after being traded from St. Louis. So, Jordyn penned her letter pleading for the Wild to trade for Daddy. Journalist Chad Graff posted it on Twitter.

Jordyn Leopold

Sometimes, dreams do come true. Jordyn’s wish was granted when the Wild acquired her Dad Jordan from the Jackets for Justin Falk and a 2015 fifth round pick. It made for a sweet homecoming. Leopold is from Golden Valley, Minnesota. Now, he is home and gets to play for the hometown Wild who are locked into the second wildcard with 75 points. He made his Minnesota debut Monday in a 3-2 win.

Once in a while, a story like this can bring smiles to faces even on another snowy day in March. Considering some of the negative stories which have become all too common, it’s good to see a happy ending. God bless the Leopold family.

About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included separate stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also interned for or hockey historian Stan Fischler and worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil telecasts. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has covered consecutive Staten Island Yankees NY Penn League championships in '05 and '06. He also scored Berkeley Carroll high school basketball games from '06-14 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree. The Battle Of New York administrator and chief editor can be followed below on Twitter and Facebook.
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