Video of incident goes viral over the Internet on Wednesday
by Andy Rogers
Farmington senior goalie Austin Krause, reportedly upset about playing time for himself and his classmates on the boys hockey team, purposely scored on his own goal giving Chaska a 2-2 tie Tuesday night.
In the video posted on YouTube by a student, Krause can be seen scoring, removing his gloves, raising his middle finger and saluting the bench as he leaves the ice.
“It’s a show of unsportsmanlike conduct and there is an immediate and dramatic impact on us — not just on the hockey team and coaches, but on our high school and community,” Farmington High School Principal Ben Kusch said on Wednesday.
Posted on YouTube Tuesday night, the video and incident was reported on Wednesday morning by Deadspin, Yahoo and Sports Illustrated, as well as discussed by area radio morning shows.
Chaska went on to win the game 3-2.
Kusch said the school is taking appropriate steps to investigate the matter, but cited school privacy laws regarding discipline.
“The focus now is moving forward and supporting players and coaches,” Kusch said. “We all like to be known for the positive things going on. We have a lot of things to be proud of. It’s unfortunate.”
The school district released this statement:
This communication is in regard to an action taken by the goaltender of the Farmington Tigers High School Hockey Team on Tuesday, February 12 and the response to the action by the district.
This incident was recorded and shared widely on the internet and clearly shows the student athlete pushing the puck into the Farmington net and then leaving the game with a show of unsportsmanlike gestures.
This action has had an immediate and dramatic impact on the Farmington Boys Hockey Team and the entire Farmington community. The district is taking the proper steps to investigate the incident and will take appropriate action in line with school policy. Student privacy regulations prevent any further release of information regarding this matter.
Our focus is on supporting the players and coaches in our hockey program and the successful completion of their season.