Farmington, MN – A high school hockey player quit the team in a rather epic manner on Tuesday. During the senior night game, Austin Krause got to start the game. The young man had reportedly been losing playing time to an underclassman he did not particularly like for most of the season. After making a goal on his own team, the Farmington High School senior flipped off the coach and skated off the ice.
Some parents who spoke with the Farmington Independent noted that Kruase is not the only “good” player losing ice time to younger teammates. The Minnesota parents who spoke on a condition of anonymity stated that they are not upset with the younger athletes because it is not their decision who gets to start on the hockey team.
Austin Krause had this to say after the now infamous middle finger salute after making a goal:
“They played this sophomore goalie for the starter, he was terrible, I would try and talk to the coaches about this and tell them I want playing time but they never really listened to me or gave me a chance to show them that I’m a better goalie, but still wouldn’t trust me so I had it. I asked a few of my players if they care if I did it and they didn’t care they thought it would be funny, so at the third period they dumped it, in I stopped it, put in my net, started to skate off, then flicked the coaches, not the team, the coaches, then I saluted them then got off.”
The middle finger salute to the coaches was rather costly for Krause’s team. The stunt came with just a little more than 3 minutes remaining in the game – the score was tied, The Blaze notes. The Farmington High School team wound up losing the senior night game 3-2.
What do you think about the high school hockey player flipping off his coach after scoring a goal for the other team?
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