This is heartbreaking, or it would be heartbreaking if Jordan Leopold wasn't traded to the Wild at the NHL deadline. His family got their wish, and now their dad is home. It was awesome to see that two teams could make this work and the ramifications are far greater than hockey.
What makes this story even better is the realization that the front offices knew precisely what was going on. Here's what Blue Jackets' GM Jarmo Kekalainen had to say:
It isn't always just about business... pic.twitter.com/uVDV3K2Nky""— Jarmo Kekalainen (@jkekalainen) March 2, 2015
Remember this letter the next time you wish your team would trade away a player. It's far too easy to forget the impact on the people around them, especially their kids.
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