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Dumba helps send local 12U girls player to international tournament

Wild defenseman's retweet, donation boost fundraising efforts toward Kalei Forga's trip to World Selects Invitational in France

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild /

Recovering from surgery to repair a ruptured right pectoralis muscle hasn't kept Matt Dumba from lending a helping hand.

Thanks in part to the Wild defenseman, a Forest Lake girl will be heading to France later this year to compete against some of the world's top young hockey talent.

Forest Lake Rangers 12U star Kalei Forga's family began a GoFundMe campaign to raise the $3,700 necessary to send their daughter to Chamonix, France for the World Selects Invitational in April. When Dumba saw a tweet promoting the effort from an organization called Black Girl Hockey Club, he shared it from his own account -- along with some words of encouragement -- and donated $500.

Tweet from @matt_dumba: Go Kalei! I had a similar opportunity when I was younger and it wouldn���t have been possible without the help of a lot of good people in my community and the sacrifices made by my parents! Tear it up over there!

By early Friday afternoon, the Forga family had reached its goal. The donation mark has since been raised to send Forga's parents and sister to France, as well.

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Dumba underwent surgery Dec. 26. The 24-year-old, who led NHL defensemen in goals at the time of his injury, is expected to miss a minimum of three months.

"Tear it up over there!" Dumba said in his tweet.

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