School Hockey Teams Banned From Wearing Jerseys In Support Of Wounded Officer

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The Waseca Bluejays varsity hockey teams planned to wear the jerseys in support of Waseca Police Officer Arik Matson.

Waseca, MN – The Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) has refused to allow the Waseca Bluejays varsity hockey teams to wear specially-made jerseys honoring a local officer who was shot in the head in the line of duty.

The jerseys were donated to the teams by Gemini Athletic Wear of Edina, WCCO reported.

The team uniforms are emblazoned with Waseca Police Officer Arik Matson’s name and badge number, as well as the words “Waseca Police,” according to the Star Tribune.

The rear neckline inside the jerseys also has a photo of the wounded officer and his two young daughters.

Officer Matson, 32, was shot in the head by 37-year-old fugitive Tyler Janovsky as the officer was investigating a suspicious person call on the night of Jan. 6.

Janovsky suffered non-life threatening wounds when police returned fire, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Superintendent Drew Evans said during a press conference the next day.

He has been charged with possession of a firearm by an ineligible person and three counts of attempted murder of a police officer, FOX News reported.

Officer Matson, a married father-of-two, remains in intensive care, but has been “steadily improving,” according to a fundraising page established to help him and his young family.

“He’s able to slightly nod ‘yes’ or shake his head ‘no’ to questions but it’s easier for him to give us a thumbs up or down,” an update post read, according to the Star Tribune.

On Jan. 14, the hockey team announced that it would wear the new jerseys with pride in support of the wounded officer, Bring Me The News reported.

But on Thursday, the hockey teams learned that they will not be allowed to wear the jerseys during games because they do not conform with the MSHSL’s “policy for Special Recognition, Commemorative or Memorial Patches,” the Waseca Boys Hockey team said in a Twitter post.

“The Boys will be wearing these jerseys for WARMUPS ONLY,” another post read. “Be there early if you want to catch a glimpse.”

The Star Tribune was unable to reach a MSHSL representative for comment on Thursday.

“It’s in their bylaws,” boys’ hockey coach Chris Storey told the paper. “We’re just trying to comply the best we can…We would like to wear them for a game. If not, it’s not going to stop us from raising awareness and supporting this officer. It’s the best we can do right now.”

He said that every member of his team agreed that they wanted to wear the jerseys.

“These are 16, 17, 18-year-old kids. It gives them an opportunity to support something that’s bigger than them,” Storey told WCCO. “We support the people who support us and we want to do what we can to help this family out.”

Storey also noted that it is important for people to recognize law enforcement officers’ service to their communities all the time – not only when something horrific happens.

“How easy is it to walk by someone and you didn’t even shake their hand or thank them for what they did,” he told the Star Tribune.

Gemini Athletic Wear National Sales Manager Jim Kilpatrick said that the company created and donated the jerseys to raise awareness about the sacrifices law enforcement officers make, WCCO reported.

“For us, in a situation like this it’s bringing a full experience to it and making awareness for a tragic situation,” Kilpatrick explained. “Hopefully we can bring some light in a good way to what these phenomenal officers do for us on a day-to-day basis.”

The team will auction the jerseys at the end of the season, and the proceeds will be given to Officer Matson’s family, WCCO reported.

Comments (84)
flybynight
flybynight

Something's missing from that picture and I just can't put my finger on it. 🤔

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ffangel4u
ffangel4u

It's called a towel head for a Representive

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

#ostentatious

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

Have other teams worn jerseys like this during games? or were they only permitted to be worn during warmups? If the bylaws say you can't, than supporting the officer or not, that's the rules.

It's not anti-LEO if the bylaws clearly state it. Now, if the rule has been selectively enforced in the past, then we have a valid issue....

magicann
magicann

I call bullsh@t,

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Official uniform policy, last modified September, 2015...

bronx163
bronx163

Its called I HATE COPS. I HATE WHITE COPS.

ONCE AGAIN THE FAR LEFT ANTI POLICE REIN OVER DOING THE RIGHT THING.

IM SURE IF IT SAID BLACK LIVES MATTER WE WOULDN'T BE TALKING HERE ABOUT THIS.

THEY SHOULD SHOW UP AND WEAR THE JERSEYS. FIRST AMENDMENT TRUMPS THEIR BS RULES.

bronx163
bronx163

Can someone get info from school id buy a jersey to support the COP. BROTHER IN BLUE DOWN ANYWHERE IS FELT EVERYWHERE.

bronx163
bronx163

Every parent spectator from the school should show up wearing jerseys and sweatshirts like the jersey they refuse to allow the team to wear.

ZigZag_
ZigZag_

Have you ever heard of an exception to policy? Use common sense. Oh, I forgot. This is a Liberal run state. Forget common sense, forget respecting Police officers. If he was an antifa member you bet they would be allowed to wear one.

Buzz17
Buzz17

This is communist MN. I know, I've lived here my whole life. Everything is dominated by communist ideology. If the officer was any color other than white, you can bet the MN High School Hockey League would allow it. Am I saying that organization is racist? Yup, I am!

JBoH
JBoH

They are sharp looking jerseys.

TomD1369
TomD1369

As a 36 year veteran of Law Enforcement, I find this absurd! Not what you want teach students that might be future law enforcement officers! What would it hurt to let them wear the shirts!!

TXMaverick59
TXMaverick59

What would be great is if the boys wear the jerseys over their "official' jerseys during their warm up...and then take them off and hand them to their parents or someone else in the stands that can wear them through the entire game. THEN after the game, raffle them off and donate the money to the local PD where this officer worked.

Scattered
Scattered

A LEO was shot in the head and these are KIDS that wanted to do something nice. Dont f***ing put the kids in the middle of this political bullshit. They chose not to let KIDS honor a fallen LEO. Its sad what this country has come to. Freaking Democrats are tearing it and it needs to stop!!!!

Dra71
Dra71

Oh but if they honored Omar, that would be ok?

combatmedic282
combatmedic282

How about they auction off these jerseys and donate the money to the officer and his family. I'll gladly buy one.

Wish505
Wish505

Screw the libs and those on the board who are anti police if I were the coach they would hit the playing field wearing the jersey.

bryantrent
bryantrent

BS

xcop985
xcop985

Thanks Obama

xcop985
xcop985

Wear them anyway. What will they do? Call the police? Lol

Stanracer
Stanracer

Police hating liberals"hard" at work.👎😝☹

gdmn2find8
gdmn2find8

Here is another option to keep this jerseys in the minds eye, When they remove them after warmups, have a friend of family member wear them for the entire game, sit them close together and show the hockey players handing them out to those friends and family members and where they are sitting. I bet if this were some stunt promoting some left wing propaganda, it would be just fine with this MSHSL group.

Hi_estCommieDenom
Hi_estCommieDenom

Well... it is Minnesota. I'm suprised they were even that compromising. Look who they have in office. Omar hates America

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

I see an unhealthy departure from law and order here. There are a few of us who see the ruling as simply upholding rules put in place, which have nothing to do with supporting the cause one way or another. Yet I also see many more who feel that breaking the rule to support Law Enforcement is justified. If you support Law Enforcement, you not only support those who enforce it, but the idea of obeying the law. On this thread we seem to have two factions of members. Those who support LE, but not to the point of breaking the rules and those who support LE, regardless of rules. The picture is designed to elicit emotions. The kids are all wearing, what appears to be very expensive custom made jerseys. Had they worn Patches supporting the officer, no problem. The "problem" here isn't a "police hating" organization, it's a simple matter of following dress code on supporting causes. The fact that twice as many people look at it as a "cop hating" organization really bothers me.

Raymelson
Raymelson

If the rule has always been like this then team should abide by the rules

Raymelson
Raymelson

P,s also I don't think it would be wrong to allow the team to show support law enforcement at any given time

Marxest
Marxest

Hockey. It's a terrifying sport. A bunch of young white men wearing masks, holding sticks and skating with razor sharp ice skates. It's too much.

Slomo27
Slomo27

As a veteran and a cop and a former security officer I have had to follow uniform regulation most of my life. Officers live their careers abiding by and enforcing rules. They could find out what it is that violates the policy and change it. I at first called bullshit on the MSHL but soon realized that was an emotional response. I would like to see those that are so opinionated bid really high on these sweaters when they available. After all it is for the officer and his family.


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