As Mikko Koivu stood in the back of the room, in the threshold of where Wild hockey players turned into charity event wait staff, a young boy approached him.
It wasn’t a rare sight for the Monday night Wild About Children event on Monday night. Koivu and every other player in attendance were frequently asked for autographs, photographs, or refills on a glass of wine.
But this request was different. The young boy had just begun playing center on his youth hockey team, and wanted to pick the brain of the Wild's captain.
It was all part of a night with a theme of giving back, as 23 Wild players traded their sticks and skates for aprons and trays to help put on the annual charity event.
"It's not hockey-related in any way," Jason Zucker said. "They're all fans of hockey, and fans of us, but this night isn't about that. It's about meeting these fans, and supporting a great cause."
The latest Wild About Children event benefited the Cancer Kids Fund at Children's Hospital, which funds and provides much needed resources to families with a child battling cancer.
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