The Gophers' Brady Skjei was a New York Rangers first-rounder in 2012 (The Associated Press)Fortunately for Hudson Fasching and his Minnesota Golden Gophers, the same scolds who mandate a penalty for any college football player who removes his helmet on the field don't have any influence on NCAA hockey.
Scoring a goal in a big game. That was especially true for Fasching, a Los Angeles Kings fourth-round pick whose family has overcome very trying circumstances for him to become a pro hockey prospect. The 18-year-old struck just 30 seconds in on Friday when the No. 1-ranked Gophers faced No. 5 Boston College in a big non-conference game. Then the players' celebration went awry: Fasching and Gophers defenceman Brady Skjei, a New York Rangers first-round selection in 2012, got the cages on their helmets intertwined.
Now that's a close-knit team. On the plus side, after Skjei realized they were stuck, he popped Fasching's helmet off, so the forward got to show off a pretty nice flow (the not bad, but well past balding sports blogger typed enviously).
Fasching, a graduate of the U.S. national team development program, has seven points in his first five games for the Gophers. You might see him on Team USA at the world junior championship either this season or next.
(S/t: Eye On Hockey.)
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