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Nashville toddler sends adorable motivating message to Predators

Wrigley Mandile, 3, says players shouldn't be sad because they did great

by Cristina Ledra @cledra / NHL.com Staff Writer

Wrigley Mandile is just a toddler but she has an important message well beyond her three years that is sure to cheer up even the saddest Nashville Predators.

Wrigley was destined for Predators fandom. Her mother Reagan has been a season ticket holder since 2008 and it's at Bridgestone Arena where Steve Mandile caught her eye as a member of the Predators' house band, Small Time Rock Stars. After Reagan tracked him down on social media, they met in 2010, married in 2011 and had Wrigley in August 2013. Three months later, Wrigley was at her first Predators game, though she'd technically been to many more while Reagan was pregnant.

"I really owe my marriage and my daughter to the Predators," Reagan told NHL.com. "She's been going to games since she was in the womb."

Tweet from @reaganmandile: Hey @PredsNHL, Wrigley has a message for you ����#Preds #Smashville #StandWithUs #StanleyCupFinals #WrigleyLovesHerPreds #ReadyForOctober #nhl pic.twitter.com/gCJNeyi65B

Wrigley goes to all the home games, watching from her dad's stage, hanging out with Gnash the Predators mascot and dancing along with the Energy Team. For road games, she watches at home with her pom-poms. She considers Gnash her best friend. He even came to her third birthday party.

So when the Predators lost Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final to the Pittsburgh Penguins, Wrigley became the family cheerleader.

"I actually cried more than Wrigley did after they lost," Reagan said. "I was sitting there bawling after the game and she comes up to me and she's like, 'Mommy why are you crying? Are you crying because we lost?' I was like, 'Yes, I am.' She said 'You shouldn't cry. It's gonna be OK.' I said, 'I know, you're making me feel really dumb for crying right now.'"

Reagan was posting videos of Wrigley cheering and singing during the season to her social media accounts. They would get a couple thousand views apiece and she grew a small following.

This video, however, took off on social media, to the surprise of Wrigley's parents whose phones won't stop buzzing with notifications from her new fans.

"Obviously it hit a chord with sad Predators fans who needed a little bit of a pick-me-up and I'm glad she could be that pick-me-up and the way to put a smile on people's faces after the season was over," Reagan said. 

This might not be the last you see of Wrigley either. She recently signed with a talent agency and booked her first small role in a local movie production.

But her main focus is always her Predators, especially her favorites Pekka Rinne and P.K. Subban, and how they'll come back from coming up short in the Stanley Cup Final.

"I was not sad. Only mama was sad," said Wrigley, who requested to be interviewed. "We're happy now but there's no hockey game on tonight. I can't wait until next year."

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