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Zucker, Wild reward 11-year-old fan who gave pucks to younger kids

Forward invited Emily Wiltzius to meet team after win against Kings

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / NHL.com Staff Writer

Wild rewards act of kindness

Minnesota Wild rewards act of kindness

Members of the Minnesota Wild rewarded Emily's random act of kindness with a special night at a Wild game and a postgame gift

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Emily Wiltzius did a good deed, and Jason Zucker and the Minnesota Wild rewarded her for it.

The Wild forward gifted the 11-year-old fan a puck signed by each Minnesota player after she helped two young supporters get souvenirs last week.

Wiltzius, 11, gave away two pucks tossed by Wild forward Mats Zuccarello to younger fans before Minnesota's game against the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday, and video of it went viral.

"By first glance, they looked young," Wiltzius told the Wild website. "I just wanted to give a puck away before I got a puck." 

Zucker's wife Carly saw the clip and went on Twitter to figure out who the kids were to celebrate the selfless act.

Tweet from @CarlyAplin: Oh my my... calling all twitter friends: help us find out who these sweet kiddos are! They deserve ALL the pucks. Message me if you have any info! https://t.co/yc3utImInz

The Wild honored Wiltzius at the game Saturday, but Zucker, who won the King Clancy Memorial Trophy in 2019 for the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution to the community, upped the ante. He invited her to meet the Wild, including her favorite player captain Mikko Koivu, who posed for pictures and signed her hat.

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