THE WILD MADE A ROSTER MOVE THIS MORNING BRINGING IN A NEW PLAYER FOR TONIGHT’S PIVOTAL MATCHUP AGAINST NASHVILLE. DAVE McCOY TAKES US BEHIND THE SCENES AS HE ARRIVED IN ST. PAUL. Reporter: THE WILD HAVE HAD A COUPLE OF INJURIES, EVEN PUTTING THAT ASIDE ANY TIME YOU CAN ADD A PLAYER OF THIS KIND OF CALIBER, ESPECIALLY THIS TIME OF YEAR WITH THE PLAYOFFS APPROACHING, IT IS A BIG DEAL. YOU KNOW WHAT? HE IS NOT TOO TALL BUT WE’VE GOT A COUPLE SMALL GUYS ON OUR TEAM, TOO. HE SHOULD FIT RIGHT IN. Reporter: THIS IS AMARI HAMPTONS — HANSEN, A SEVEN- YEAR-OLD FROM MINNESOTA. WE NEED TO WIN TONIGHT, ARE YOU WERE TO HELP US? Reporter: WHEN HE ARRIVED AT THE XL’S ENERGY CENTER TONIGHT, THE FIRST THING THE WILD DID WAS SIGN INTO A ONE-DAY CONTRACT. I AM GOING TO WELCOME YOU TO THE NEWEST AS THE NEWEST MEMBER OF THE MINNESOTA WILD. HERE IS YOUR JERSEY. Reporter: THEN IT WAS OFF TO THE BENCH TO WATCH PRACTICE AND MEET HIS NEW TEAMMATES. THE WILD DON’T EXPECT AMARI TO BE A VOCAL LEADER WHICH IS GOOD BECAUSE HE IS KIND OF QUIET. PRETTY COLD. Reporter: BUT HE HAS QUITE A STORY TO TELL. I FOUND OUT HE HAD A HEART PROBLEM WHEN I WAS 20 WEEKS, HE WAS NOT BORN WITH THE LOWER LEFT VENTRICLE IN HIS HEART. OPEN HEART SURGERY AT TWO WEEKS, ANOTHER AT TWO MONTHS. THEN HE WAS TWO YEARS OLD WHEN HE HAD HIS LAST HEART SURGERY. HE HAS HAD EIGHT ALTOGETHER. HE HAS BEEN THROUGH A LOT. Reporter: BY THE TIME HE REACHES HIS 20s OR 30s HE WILL NEED A HEART TRANSPLANT. IT IS HARD BUT I SEE THE SMILE ON HIS FACE AND IT WARMS MY HEART. Reporter: ESPECIALLY ON DAYS LIKE TODAY. WHEN MAKE-A-WISH SIGNED THIS UP. AMARI’S WISH WAS TO MEET HIS FAVORITE PLAYER, BUT THE WILD DID A LOT BETTER, NOT JUST THAT. I WANTED TO CRY BUT I’M HOLDING IT BACK. Reporter: AFTER MORNING SKATE, NEED A WRITER TOOK AMARI BACK INTO THE LOCKER ROOM TO MEET ALL OF THE PLAYERS AND BE PART OF THE PREGAME MEETING. IS VERY QUIET SO WE GOT TO HAVE A CHANCE TO INTRODUCE THEM TO ALL THE GUYS AND JOIN THE LOCKER ROOM, I THINK IT IS A COOL THING TO SEE WHAT WE DO BEFORE THE GAME, A WARM UP IN THE MORNING AND A MEETING WITH THE TEAM, TRYING TO MAKE SURE HE FITS RIGHT IN. HEY GUYS I WANT TO INTRODUCE THE NEW MEMBER OF THE TEAM TODAY, AMARI HANSEN IS GOING TO JOIN US AND BE OUR GOOD LUCK CHARM. FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR. SO AMARI WELCOME TO THE TEAM. [ APPLAUSE ] Reporter: A YOUNG WILDS FAN WISH COME TRUE. DAVID McCOY, WCCO FOR SPORTS. AMARI ALSO WENT ON A SHOPPING SPREE, ATE LUNCH AND

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6 thoughts on “Wild, Make-A-Wish Make Young Fan’s Dream Come True

  • March 25, 2018 at 5:07 am
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    Now this is something we need see more often. There's been way too much hate thrown around the country lately. I'm sure this moment will stay with the family for years.

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  • June 26, 2018 at 3:28 am
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    2nd comment
    Woo woo

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  • July 2, 2018 at 8:41 pm
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    I’ve had four open heart surgery because. My right ventrecal wasn’t working I’m 15 now

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  • January 21, 2019 at 12:42 pm
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    This is awesome I am happy for him

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  • January 30, 2019 at 9:18 pm
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    I hope no one will make fun of him for saying he goals a lot

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  • May 25, 2019 at 8:13 pm
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    I bean two wild games

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