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This Is The Reason Why Gingers Shouldn’t Play Hockey – Even In Minnesota

For those readers out there not from the great state of Minnesota, it would be difficult to adequately explain to you the passion we Minnesotans feel for our beloved high school hockey tournament. Since 1945, every March, high school teams from every corner of the state have made the arduous journey to Saint Paul to participate in the MSHSL  Boys State High School Hockey Tournament. Sure, the location of the tourney has changed from the St. Paul Auditorium to the St. Paul Civic Center then over to the Target Center in Minneapolis for two years then back to St. Paul and Xcel Energy Center. But despite the changes in scenery, to say it’s kind of a big deal around thse here parts would be an understatement.

That’s what makes what happened to Alexandria defenseman Zach Van Orsdel so heartbreaking. Here was his One Shining Moment, the experience he would one day tell his grandchildren about – here he was, getting introduced along with his teammates on the ice of Xcel Energy Center.

Then, wipeout.

You have to give the kid credit. He got up, took it in stride and flashed a big smile. Good on him. That doesn’t mean he won’t hear about it for the rest of his life. Poor ginger bastard.

Video: Minnesota high school player wipes out in opening intros [Puck Daddy]