There are epic ways to quit your job. Then there are epic ways to quit a team. Austin Krause just showed the world one way to do the latter.
Krause is (or was) a senior goalie at Farmington High School in Minnesota. It was senior night on Tuesday, and Krause got the start -- a rarer occurence this season. And that was part of the problem: Krause had been losing playing time this season to a sophomore he's not too fond of.
We'll let him tell you in his own words what he decided to do to make his point (courtesy of the Farmington Independent):
"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 listen 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 it with 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."
And of course it was caught on video:
It seems Krause does have the support of some of the parents. One anonymous one told the Independent that a group of older players have been demoted to make way for some freshmen.
“Krause has been the goalie for the 'A' team all through youth hockey and put in so many hours and been a great goalie and never caused any trouble,” the parent said. “He got the shaft and got it taken away from him.
“It’s nothing against the younger kids, it’s not their decision. They’re good players, but they’re not any better than the juniors and seniors they’re replacing.”
By the way, the whole I quit stunt was costly. The own-goal came with 3:13 remaining in the third period and tied the game 2-2. The other team then scored about a minute later an won 3-2.
As for the district, they released this statement:
“This action has had a 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 in supporting the players and coaches in our hockey program and the successful completion of their season.”