When you’re a teenager, there are a number of ways to register your displeasure with The Powers That Be. Sometimes that means starting a petition and sometimes it means slashing some tires. In sports it gets a bit dicey since we’re told all our lives that we shouldn’t let down our teammates. Why are you on the penalty kill and not the power play? For the good of the team. Why are you a benchwarmer? Same answer.
Well, Farmington, MN high school senior Austin Krause didn’t like that answer and decided to voice his displeasure in the most high profile and visible way possible. With his team leading 2-1 with three minutes left in the game, Krause scored on his own net, gave the finger to his coach, saluted the crowd and left the ice. The other team won the game in overtime. Oof.
Turns out, Krause had lost his starting job to a sophomore (Grade 10) and this was only his ninth start in 23 games. Now, high school hockey is a huge deal in Minnesota. You think we like hockey up here? Well, the Land of 10,000 Lakes might as well be our 11th province. This was “Senior Night,” a game to celebrate the graduating class so perhaps Krause saw it as the best opportunity for a not-so subtle sayonara. Even the local CBS News picked it up.
On one hand, this is amazing. Reminds me of when Patrick Roy played his last game in a Habs sweater. On the other hand, as one Deadspin commenter pointed out, this will show up every time he applies for a job somewhere. Not sure how you sell yourself as a “team player” after something like this.