Professional hockey is a tough sport. It is tough not only for the players, but for management wheeling and dealing for and trying to improve their team.

You don't always get your way in trying to sign the player you want, unless you're an 11-year-old girl who is the daughter of one of the players.

What a story this is.

Jordan Leopold was a defenseman for the NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets who really missed his family back home in Minnesota. The 34-year-old Leopold, a Golden Valley, Minn., native had played for eight NHL clubs, but never in his home state.

Because of that, his fifth-grade daughter, Jordyn, wrote a letter to the Minnesota Wild's coaches and management. She asked for her dad to be traded from Columbus to Minnesota.

What a wheeler-dealer she turned out to be.

Leopold, a University of Minnesota graduate, is now back home because the Wild traded for Leopold, The Pioneer-Press reported. The Blue Jackets were also a big part of the move.

How's that for effectiveness!

Maybe Jorydn should consider an NHL general manager job when she grows up.