ST. PAUL - Ever since Matt Dumba went down with a torn pectoral muscle a couple of months ago, he has been way more active on Twitter, especially during Wild games.
While he can usually be seen gassing up his teammates after a goal, Dumba has also started to realize the power of social media and how he can use his platform to make a difference.
Perhaps the best example came last month when Dumba sent out a tweet in support of Forest Lake 12-year-old Kalei Forga. He caught wind of a GoFundMe page designed to help Forga and her family travel to the 2019 World Selects in Chamonix, France, a once-in-a-lifetime trip that came with a big price tag.
“I sent out the tweet and didn’t really think too much of it,” said Dumba, who also donated $500. “I came back about an hour later and had just finished by workout and they were already at the goal. That was awesome. It’s a tribute to everyone coming together.”
On Sunday night, two parties met face-to-face for the first time, as Dumba surprised Forga and the rest of her family during the Wild’s game against the St. Louis Blues at the Xcel Energy Center.
“I was shocked,” Forga said bashfully in front of a host of cameras. “I didn’t think that I’d actually get to meet him.”
With more than enough money raised, thanks in large part to social media, the Forgas have not increased the goal amount on the GoFundMe page. They already have everything they need to make the once-in-a-lifetime trip happen.
“It’s awesome,” Dumba said. “I had a similar experience to be able to go over to Europe and just build some friendships that have been lifelong. I wanted her to be able to experience that as well.”
It sounds like it could be awhile before Victor Rask is back in the Wild’s lineup.
Acquired from the Carolina Hurricanes last month in exchange for fan favorite Nino Niederreiter, Rask has been less than impressive since arriving in the Twin Cities and is on injured reserve with a lower-body injury.
“He skated this morning,” coach Bruce Boudreau said. “It didn’t go as well as planned. He’s still a ways away. He skated last week while we were gone.”
Nick Seeler was a healthy scratch for the third straight game. Although the rookie defenseman had been expected to get back into the lineup, Boudreau opted against making any changes with the team entering the night winners of two consecutive games.
“I mean, it might have been a good game to put him back in,” Boudreau said. “I just don’t think the other guys deserve to be taken out.”