With a little more than three minutes remaining in the game, Farmington goalie Austin Krause gathered the puck behind his own net and tossed it into the goal he spent his entire hockey career working to protect.
Every coach will say athletics are about creating memories that will last a life time. That life lesson speech that is given by all coaches in every sport is about motivating players to live in the moment. I have given it more than once.
Krause will remember his final high school game. But unlike his other team mates, his final game won't be a playoff loss filled with tears of fellow seniors realizing that their time playing a game is over.
On senior night in Farmington, Krause went ahead and did it his way.
Following the goal, Krause skated backwards toward the exit to the locker room, giving his coaches a one finger salute. We've heard thousands of stories in the past about disgruntled players who either just quit or leave a team due to not agreeing with a coach. While that may or may not be the case, my guess is that head coach Keith Revels isn't on Krause's holiday greeting card list.
For those of us who had a problem with their high school coach at some point, what Krause did took courage. In no way am I trying to make him a hero here, but Krause took the "stand in line and be a good soldier" turned it around and shoved it right back in the face of the entire hockey world including his team.
Good team guy? Not a chance, but a part of me on the inside is standing and applauding and saying ‘good for you kid, good for you'.
Back in the early 90's I played basketball (not very well) at a small town school in Minnesota. I should rephrase. I sat on the bench, but basketball was my passion just as I am sure hockey was Krause's. So sick of not being given an opportunity (although not really working for one either), I made the decision to quit after a game during my junior year. I was so mentally cooked that I didn't even take time to think things over. If I would have thought about scoring a bucket in the opposing basket, I probably would have done it before walking off the court. What I am trying to say is that I have been there, which is why I can understand how he got to the point he is at emotionally.
Response to Kraus' exit has been wide spanning from congrats, to he will never get a job anywhere. Please people, if I were starting a company I'd want more guys like Krause working for me and I'd hire him in a minute. We need more passionate people who aren't afraid to put themselves out there and stand up for what they believe in popular or not.