Bridget loves hockey. She watches as many Minnesota Wild games on TV as she can, learning the players and picking up on the game and rules. She gets excited during each game, celebrating every goal. Hockey keeps her mind occupied, a welcome distraction from the challenges of battling non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Hooked on hockey, Bridget wished to be a Minnesota Wild player for the day. Last month, Make-A-Wish Minnesota and the Minnesota Wild teamed up to help grant her wish, signing Bridget to the team with a one-day contract.
The day of Bridget’s wish was more than she could have imagined. The Minnesota Wild welcomed the latest addition to the roster with a personalized jersey and spot in the locker room. Bridget was awed to learn her locker stall belonged to her favorite player, Mikael Granlund. She got to spend time hanging out with her new teammates, including Mikael Granlund, Mikko Koivu and Zach Parise. They posed for photos with her and signed autographs. Soon after, Bridget received a tour of the arena and watched the Wild warm-up for the game against the Edmonton Oilers.
And then, the puck dropped. Three periods later, with Bridget cheering from a suite, the Wild walked off the ice with a hard-earned win beating the Oilers 4-3. It was a wish that turned out to be a big win for everyone, especially Bridget, who is currently in remission.