By Matt Vevoda
A few days before Dan Sexton was called up to NHL a friend mentioned to the Minnesota native how nice it would be if he were playing with the Ducks when they visited the Wild on Friday.
After all, Minnesota is Sexton’s home state, and the right wing, then with Manitoba in the AHL, agreed it would be a heck of an opportunity. Little did he know that wish would soon by granted by a late night phone call from the Ducks.
At approximately 10 p.m. on Thursday when he was in Peoria, Illinois on the road with the Moose, Sexton picked up the phone to find out he was being brought up to the NHL for the first time. He was even more overcome with joy when he figured out that he would indeed be making his way to the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul to play his first game for the Ducks.
“One of the first things that went through my mind was who they were going to be playing the next day,” said Sexton, who was recalled after Teemu Selanne fractured a bone in his left hand at Dallas. “I said ‘Okay, I hope this happens.’ And it did.”