Yesterday was Defending the Blue Line Day in Minnesota. Andrew Brunette played in his 1000th game. Niklas Backstrom threw a shutout, and won a shoot out. Life couldn't possibly get better could it?
Well, sure it could. Today, I got an email from Sgt. Robert Hagen. Remember him? If you don't, you should. He is a Wild fan that emailed us from Afghanistan to tell us that we were doing a great job here at Hockey Wilderness. We were so humbled by his words, we started the Hockey Wilderness Military Wild Fan Interview Series.
The interview with Sgt. Hagen was one of the most popular posts Hockey Wilderness has had.
So, what is this great news? Make the jump and find out.
This is the email I had in my inbox when I got home today:
Hey Bryan, I just wanted to take a minute and let you know that I made it back home last friday. I'm home for good now, or at least until they tell me I'm not, should be a while though. I also wanted to tell you that I watched my first game since November last night, I am in TN now, so I had to stream it through my PS3 but, it was just awesome to be able to watch the boys again, in HD, and without it reloading and all that. I just love the Wild and I honestly did miss seeing them, but, when I couldnt watch the games I depended on HW to do the game recaps and that gave me the perspective I needed to be able to understand how they were doing. So, honestly, thanks again for the interview you did and posted, my friends and family had alot of fun seeing it, and thanks again for your support. Take care.SGT Robert HagenRakkasan!p.s. I attatched some pics of my homecoming with my wife. An awesome wild fan as well. We missed the game in Jan down in Nashville, but we'll be there in March. Cant wait.
You certainly got a heck of show from Niklas Backstrom last night. Glad they won. Would have been a pretty big disappointment to fly all the way from Afghanistan just to watch them lose.
Here are those pictures he mentioned:
I'm not going to lie, Sarge. This one got me a bit.
I hope your wife doesn't mind this pic being online, but it was too awesome not to share.
Welcome home, SGT Hagen. Welcome home, indeed. The banner in one of the pictures says "Job Well Done." I would say that is good enough, but it just isn't. You, and your fellow soldiers did one helluva job, good sir. I wish I could describe the goosebumps it gave me to read that you are home.
It is strange, having never met the guy, but a sense of relief has met me today. I am overwhelmingly happy that SGT Hagen and his fellow soldiers are home safe. While it may be in Tennessee, life is never perfect. I would much rather have them watching the Predators live than ducking mortars or any other number of unsafe things on a daily basis.
Simply amazing the work these people do for us on a daily basis. If you got to the end of this post and don't have goosebumps, I question your sanity and your ability to properly understand human emotion.
Seriously, welcome home, Sarge. I am ecstatic that you made it home safe, and I thank you for the service you provided, and continue to provide. Welcome home.