The life of a professional athlete seems glamorous. There's the money, the fame, the travel. And at a young age there's not much more you can ask for. However, as one grows older, gets married, and has children, family becomes that much more important. Being away from those you love not only can be tough on the player but on the rest of the family too.

Take the case of veteran NHL defenseman Jordan Leopold:

[Leopold] started the 2014-2015 NHL season with the St. Louis Blues. In November, he was traded to the struggling Columbus Blue Jackets. Now, Leopold is a Minnesota native. He played collegiately for the University of Minnesota's Golden Gophers, and his wife Jamie and their four children live in the Twin Cities area. One day in January, Jamie Leopold found a letter written by her 11-year-old daughter, Jordyn, to the coaching staff of the Minnesota Wild, urging them to make a trade for her dad.


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