The Minnesota Wild’s season was cut short when they were swept by the Chicago Blackhawks in the second round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Although they continue to reflect on their season, and figuring out how to hit the ice as a better team next year, many Wild players are still finding time to contribute and give back to their communities and fans.
Recently, Wild forward Zach Parise and defenseman Nate Prosser visited the Children’s Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota in Minneapolis to meet some of their biggest fans. Parise and Prosser were introduced to the kids, and did various activities with them, including dancing, as seen on the WildTV video. The players took time to individually take photos and converse with children across the hospital. They also signed various items, whether it be pucks, hats or hockey cards for many of the patients and their families. Parise, Prosser and the Wild organization even gave a Minnesota Wild blanket, a hat and a bobblehead to a few of the patients. The two players were able to make a difference, and help create unforgettable memories for the children and their families.
— Minnesota Wild (@mnwild) June 5, 2015
Nate Prosser stayed busy this week, as he joined teammate, Jordan Leopold, to visit an elementary school class. The class was that of Leopold’s daughter, whom already received a lot of media attention when her letter broke out, begging the Wild to trade for her father, who was playing for the Columbus Blue Jackets at the time. During the visit, the children were able to ask the Wild players questions that they had. The players joked with the children, but gave serious advice and inspiration as well.
These Wild players’ efforts to give back to their communities and fans demonstrates the character that many teams hope their players will have. Although they have made it big, they have not forgotten about the people who sacrificed to get them there, and are willing to help make a difference in other people’s lives.