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published Wednesday, March 12th - 12:36pm


I will fully admit that I am a sucker for the tug-on-the-heart-strings moment.

You involve sports, the military and a family?

Then get out of the way and please pass the Kleenex.

During the middle of last night's Wild shootout loss to Edmonton, Army specialist Nick Jenn surprised his wife, Jamie. He was on a brief return home from his third tour of active duty in Kuwait. He is part of the 144th Battalion Air Defense Artillery out of Ft. Hood, Texas.

Jamie was to simply answer a random trivia question about Wild forward Erik Haula (a former Gopher).

When she looked up at the video board at the the Xcel Energy Center, she didn't see the correct answer coupled with her expected prize.

She got a different prize entirely.

The unsuspecting woman looked up to the video board, which showed SPC Jenn wishing his wife a Happy Birthday and asked her to turn around. 

There he stood in full uniform, much to the delight of the 18,000 fans in attendance.
Listen I get it, I can be as cynical as anyone. I know that teams do this very thing for the self-promotion.

I also understand that families love making moments like this memorable and special.

Which, of course, will win over a sap like me every single time.

Here's a link to the video, posted on the Wild's website.