Soldier’s surprise turns wife into big winner at Wild game


An in-arena contest turned one Minnesota Wild fan into a big winner on Tuesday night.

Jamie Jenn was part of a fan contest during a stoppage in play of Minnesota’s home game Tuesday night against Edmonton and was asked to guess what Wild forward Erik Haula considered his biggest surprise about the state of Minnesota.

Jenn then got her own big surprise.

On the Xcel Energy Center video board, a response from Haula was interrupted by a video of Jenn’s husband, Nick, an Army specialist from Crystal, Minn., on his third tour of duty in Kuwait.

Jamie put her hands over her mouth and watched her husband wish her a happy birthday. He then told her to turn around for the real present — Nick, in person.

Nick is home on a brief special visit from his unity, the 69th Brigade, 144th Battalion Air Defense Artillery from Ft. Hood, Texas.

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