Before we get into this, I need to fully disclose how this article came to be. This is not my work and I have to keep the author anonymous. There will be plenty of manure flying once the story is told, so here it goes.
Farmington's hockey goalie temper tantrum problems doesn't end with Senior Austin
Krause---Dad Nick Krause has his own issues as well.
brought to you by an anonymous Lakeville North High School Hockey parent,
who's disappointed by the actions of the senior player who purposely disgraced
his own team.
All you hear
about in this story comes from an obvious disgruntle teenager and since I have
personally crossed paths with this "sophomore" I decided to dig into the story
and put together a list of facts (which can be checked and double checked at
any time). Something about this story
just didn't add up, all one sided; all you see is "sophomore this or that". My
1st question is did he earn it?.......It sure sounds and looks that
Right out of
the gate I have to say sorry folks, this is Minnesota High School varsity hockey. This great state has varsity hockey teams all across it, with all ages
making up their rosters, nothing new there. Good thing Austin Krause is not an
older Golden Gopher, since the Gophers "freshman" goalie has been getting the
net time... can you imagine that Golden meltdown.
You have the
senior's meltdown, but according to Farmington Youth Hockey Association, now you
have father Nick Krause; whose ban from coaching obviously wasn't enough; has
kept up his tyrant ways to get himself banned from being able to attend &
watch the younger child's Farmington U10 team. This is due to constant yelling
and meltdowns of his own - For those who don't know; U10 is not High School girls hockey-- U10 is made up of 9 & 10 year old girls.
How over the
top does your behavior have to get; to not only get yourself banned from
coaching, but then to actually get yourself banned from watching in the stands
at your hometown ice arena for a year? It had to be so out of control, to get
the boot for a year.
confirm: Nick Krause disregards the FYHA hockey board's decision and shows up
anyway. It has been reported that the City of Farmington has told Krause they
will pursue a restraining order against him; and that his presence at the ice
arena will become a matter of law. Talk of the town says Nick Krause has his
own adult size Temper Tantrum, saying he take coaching staff volunteers down
with him; ----- model citizen.
the whole Senior/Sophomore debate, (It's just a simple matter of having to
confirm the Farmington High School boys hockey staff handled the goaltending
like professionals. All reports confirm even though the sophomore posted a top
try out performance. The coaching staff
decided to start the varsity season with the two returning goalies, and the two new
sophomores were to start at JV; so how can anyone attack the Farmington High
School staff on that evidence.
was given the season starting #1 spot, the junior was given the #2 spot; and
the 2 sophomores were given the #3 and the #4 spots. It was not until after
some losses a quarter of the way through the season that the door was opened
for the sophomore to move up and start doing double practicing with both
squads, at which time all three goalies were told "whoever works the hardest will
play". It's put right out in the open
and again; we blame the coaches why?
It is just
as wrong for boys or girls to believe a sports spot is theirs based solely on
age. Look at how many kids bust butt in
the off-season, so they can return to their hockey program a stronger, faster,
better player. Coaches are not always
looking for the oldest kids; they are looking for the right ones; which involve
not just skills, but morale, attitude, and heart.
Farmington senior says the sophomore "was put on varsity on the spot". The fact is the sophomore started his year on
the JV team; it was not handed to him. What is wrong with him working his way
up the ladder? The answer is nothing at all.
That's why all players continue working hard through the year. Isn't the road map of life, working hard for what you want?
reports have also confirmed that coach Keith Revels holds an annual summer
hockey camp, which is an opportunity for the kids to knock the rust off the
skates and get some extra work in for the upcoming season tryouts. It also plays as an opportunity for coaches
to see how returning kids are progressing and which new kids are coming into
What I found
to be funny after seeing all the accusations of coaching favoritism and people
trying to lay down that card, is that the sophomore Gage Overby does not attend
the camps held by the High School coaching staff, he spends his summers
training with a group called The Goalie Club at Shattuck St. Mary's and skates
the Shattuck St. Mary's boys summer camp.
evidence of this on http://www.thegoalieclub.com/ - his picture is on their home page,
upper right corner in a gold helmet. I was also informed that for his work
ethic, dedication and heart, the sophomore had also been honored by T.G.C by
being pictured on their posters, also on brochure covers and for those of you
that attended the Hockey Expo at the Excel Center you more than likely walked
past the Sophomore on the 7 ft banner for The Goalie Club, featuring 2- Shattuck
goalies and Farmington's Gage Overby. They train players from all over the
Globe and for this kid to amass these types of honors. Well I'm going to
have to give him a little more credit and say that maybe, the selfish Facebook
quote "he's terrible" is not so accurate.
confirm that the rise to the varsity team has been no walk in the park for the
sophomore. All comments say that his
teammates have been great and glad to have him aboard, but he has had to
endure certain parents cheering against him during his games; which in all my
years I have never heard of hometown parents cheering against their own team on
home ice, but the reported cheers were clearly narrowed down to a select
A true team
player does not intentionally put the puck in the net and cause his team to
lose. That move; I'm sorry to say clearly states, I didn't get my way, I didn't get what I want; and it's an all about me attitude. Just because a kid played
youth A hockey, that doesn't mean you are entitled to be the next Golden Gopher
or Minnesota Wild player. Especially when it's been reported by hockey parents
that this is not the first time the senior has walked away from his fellow
teammates; investigation says it has happened on past summer time teams.
confirm: Seniors fill out a brochure for people to read about themselves on
senior night. One of the questions this
year was "what is one thing most people don't know about you?" The senior's
answer was "I have a short temper". He states on twitter; that he asked his
teammates about scoring and that they thought it would be funny, but many
teammates have posted on twitter their true feelings about what transpired.
Now I have
to assume that since this future Marine has no problem openly posting comments,
that he can handle the backlash that comes with having no manners. I mean it's
not a smart move to openly post Facebook remarks about your fellow teammate,
saying "He's terrible" when your conference stats show yourself in 11th
place and the "terrible" sophomore is in 5th.
save % is 87.7 & the terrible kid's save % is 90.1
have 10 goals against in last 3 games and the terrible kid is 9 against for
last 4 games
have never had a higher save % than the terrible kid during any point of the
have never being your conference leading goaltender and the terrible kid has.
reports: also are glad to declare that the reported season-long feuding between
the two goaltenders and their families is false and never occurred. Which is
miraculous; when you consider the reports of the open cheering going on against
This is my
personal meeting with the sophomore Gage Overby. Last year my high school players and I went
to watch our Bantam A North boys take on the Tigers in districts for the move
to Regional's (North had dealt the Tigers some losses through the year) and
this was do or die for both teams, it was move on or go home. The Tigers took on the challenge and shut us
down by dealing us a 5-0 loss and ending our season.
I was heart
broke for our North boys, but I couldn't help and waited to tell the Tigers
goalie what a great game he just played, the young man's response back to me
was, "thanks -my team did great" ..no.. "I" ..no.. "me" ....it was "my team"... now
that's a class act hockey player.
is now the "sophomore goalie" people are hearing about. I believe myself to be a good judge of
character and from that one statement, I can tell you that young gentlemen is
an asset to any hockey club he skates with and they should be proud to have
the channel 9 interviews, and after taking in everyone's thoughts and reports,
I can definitely say, I'm glad Mr. Krause is not my kid's guidance counselor.
You sir are just one of those guys out there that no matter what, you are never
in the wrong, you are entitled to everything, give me, give me, give me, and
god forbid anyone take a chip off your cookie.
clearly does not start with the kid, it 100% starts with the parents. Nick
Krause says stand up for what you believe in, and sure that's absolutely great;
no argument there. But to be okay with a
kid taking his team down with him; well I can't disagree with more; and you say
you're a former Marine? Well I'm glad I never had to go into battle with you.
It is also
confirmed that besides the parents, you also have the grandparents who stayed
late, after that game, so they also got a chance to leave the arena, while
flipping everyone the bird. Yes by all accounts, when the family name comes up,
everyone's response "ohh yeah we have dealt with them,"" oh my gosh have you
met the Grandma?" I'm not kidding, the
stories are so overwhelming that you would think it's bull, .....but it's not.
let's get back to the roots with the father being banned from the arena, and if
one thinks' about it, those things don't happen from some one time incident, it
takes multiple types of blow ups and altercations to get yourself into that
type of situation. But, no matter what some people are just never wrong, and
from the channel 9 interview you can clearly see that Mr. Krause is one of
those people, and I'm calling it like it is.
I think the
marine corp. is going to be a great thing for Austin Krause because it's going
to teach him a whole new set of values, and true life entitlements. They will
completely strip away Mr. Krause's oblivious all about me attitude atmosphere;
that is unmistakably surrounding the young Krause, and it is going to be a
great bright new sky for him.
All I saw
was a kid proud of throwing a parental instigated temper tantrum with his
finger in the air, that only stated a 5 year old stunt of "I'm
taking my "puck" and going home!
I also think
if the senior made the appropriate apologies, that the class associated with
the Farmington High School Hockey Team & Coaching Staff, all would make
peace, and allow young Krause to rejoin the team (maybe not play) but still
rejoin the team and finish his season, standing tall & taking the right
footsteps of respect & responsibility of becoming a true Marine.
Now wouldn't that be a great hockey story!