At a recent Minnesota Wild game, three young kids were waiting against the plexiglass during warmups hoping to get some pucks from their favorite players. Eleven-year-old Emily Wiltzius had the chance to take home two but gave them both away to the two boys next to her.
Carly Zucker, a media personality and wife of MN Wild player Jason Zucker, saw the video on Twitter and asked for information on how to connect with the family.
Emily’s generosity left her without any pucks from that game–but she wouldn’t go without a gift for long.
Mats Zuccarello threw a puck over the glass, which was caught by young Emily, who gave it to one of the boys next to her. Zuccarello threw another one, which the first boy caught, and handed back to Emily in thanks–which Emily promptly gave to the crying little boy between them.
“By first glance, they looked young, so I just wanted to give the pucks away,” she said later.
What a night we had hanging w/ sweet Emily & her fam! Thx to everyone who helped us reach out to this incredible gal & make her night extra special 🏒 A reminder that small & large acts of kindness can have a major impact on our community ❤️ Extra thx to Andrew & the @mnwild crew pic.twitter.com/XATcqqWLo3
— Carly Zucker (@CarlyAplin) October 29, 2019
The Zuckers got Emily and her family tickets to the game and met with them afterward. The gifts she received included a basket of signed pucks, one from each player on the Wild.
Emily showed the definition of kindness at a #mnwild game by offering not one, but two pucks to young fans around her. 👏
— Minnesota Wild (@mnwild) October 27, 2019
Emily and her sister also got to take photos with Matt Dumba, Jason Spurgeon, and Emily’s favorite player–surprisingly, not Zucker–but rather, captain Mikko Koivu.
The Zuckers are involved in many charitable causes, especially GIVE16, which raises money for various organizations and opened a suite at a children’s hospital.
Jason Zucker and his wife, Carly, have raised more than $1.2 million for the Zucker Family Suite and Broadcast Studio at the Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital with the #GIVE16 campaign
— Denver Hockey (@DU_Hockey) June 18, 2019
The Zucker family is also close with Maddie Kegley, a girl who runs an anti-bullying charity and got a signed stick from TJ Oshie.
This little girl is one of my biggest fans! She is doing such a wonderful thing donating to such a great cause. Take a look at this interview she did on WCCO. Great job, Maddie! Thank you for supporting @ShineALigh7! https://t.co/z9Ee8hohj4
— Jason Zucker (@Jason_Zucker16) March 23, 2018
Capitals fans will probably remember Keelan Moxley, who went viral after Brett Connolly threw two pucks to her over the glass, only to have them claimed by the boys next to her. He made sure to make clear that the third puck was for her. She later got a signed stick, met Connolly, and got seats sat on the glass to see him score a goal up close.
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