Farmington goalie scores in his own goal, leaves ice in disgust

Video of incident goes viral over the Internet on Wednesday

by Andy Rogers
Sun Thisweek

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.

 

  • Patti

    On the other News site others are upset about judging……..OF COURSE we don’t truly know his motivation. That cannot be “judged” .But it is absolutely appropriate to “JUDGE” public behavior. What about the gangs jumping people down in MPLS..I am sure they have some REASON that seems logical to them…but we can’t JUDGE their behavior? People don’t understand the use of the word judgement anymore. To NOT determine (judge) this behavior as out of the socially acceptable norm means to condone it and to JUDGE it as good! The lack of one means the other. Since he is young, he doesn’t realize that such things will follow him if he has ambitions in most career areas. It’s a very small planet and employers use the internet for indications of a person’s character.

  • Rosie from Rosemount

    Ask any soldier going into combat not to judge those around you and he or she will laugh at you. That soldier needs to judge those around him in order to deduce who will have his or hers back. The whole “Don’t judge” thing is typical for a society that lacks moral absolutes. “We shouldn’t judge why he murdered three people. He had his reasons…” Nonsense. Just lazy nonsense. Wrong equals wrong, every single time.

  • Peggy

    Way to go Austin. I am a 52 year old female who does not even watch hockey but I do know the difference between right and wrong. This varsity coach should have played this boy on Senior Night (not just a couple minutes). What is wrong with this coach who is supposed to be an adult, a mentor and where is your moral obligation to allow this boy to play on HIS senior night? What are you teaching these young adults? It’s all about the game and not the individuals?

  • Jan Dobson

    Peggy, you are giving this young man very poor counsel. He clearly gave into his own negative aggressive emotion. Maybe he was feeling vengeful. Maybe he was feeling envious. Maybe he was feeling resentful. Who besides the perpetrator can know for sure? Whichever feeling was the motivator, his uncontrolled negative aggressive emotion resulted in very inappropriate behavior. Sure, he “succeeded” in hurting his coach. But he also hurt his teammates and everybody that lives in Farmington. There was nothing heroic about it.

    Prisons worldwide are filled with individuals that gave into their negative aggressive emotions.

  • TAXPAYER28

    I wonder if politics is part of the equation? I hear that playing time is not based on performance but rather on who your parents support with campain donations. If you must buy your schools off with what amounts to bribes to get your child to make varsity, mabe that is why Farmington athletics is so poor?

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