| Kyle made his way through the Wild locker room on Monday and met players like Nick Schultz. |
Kyle is a native of Oakdale, Minnesota. He’s four years old. He likes Curious George. Most of the time, he likes his big sister, Sami. He also really likes hockey. He plays quite a bit against his dad.
Kyle, who deals with Alpha 1 Antitrypsin/Liver Transplant, had a decision to make recently when he was asked to make a wish which would come true thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Minnesota. He wanted to meet the Minnesota Wild, and on Monday, February 12, his wish finally came true.
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Brad Bombardir, the former Wild captain and current Director of Community Partnerships, served as guide for the day for Kyle and his family. The group started the day by watching the Wild practice at the Xcel Energy Center. Kyle and Sami were enthralled by banging on the boards as Wild players stood on the other side.
Kyle then pulled on his new Wild jersey presented to him by Brad, and made his way inside the locker room. He met the Wild players and had his new jersey signed by everybody in the room. Kyle was especially thrilled to meet Niklas Backstrom, who plays goaltender - his favorite position.
When the players were done, it was Kyle’s turn to take the ice. First, he rode the zamboni, and then he and Sami shot pucks at each other and worked up an appetite, which was relieved during lunch at the St. Paul Grill with Bombardir.
It was a memorable day for young Kyle, thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. It is the largest wish-granting charity in the world, with 69 chapters across the United States and its territories and 28 international affiliates spanning five continents. Currently celebrating its 25th birthday, the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s Minnesota chapter has granted over 2,700 wishes to children across the state. For more information about the Make-A-Wish Foundation, please call 866-571-9474 (WISH) or visit www.wishmn.org.