Waseca hockey teams settle for patch to honor officer Arik Matson

Full uniform changes didn't meet league rules, so they had to go with a smaller patch.
Publish date:

After high school uniform bylaws prevented a Minnesota school from changing its boys' and girls' varsity team uniforms to honor a police officer shot in the line of duty, the Waseca Bluejays will instead opt for a patch that doesn't break league rules. 

The "222" patches, which pay tribute to Waseca police officer Arik Matson, will be worn during games on Waseca High School's standard uniforms. 

Originally, Minneapolis-based Gemini Athletic Wear provided the teams with uniforms that have "Waseca Police" stitched on the front, Matson's badge number near the shoulder, and "Matson" above player numbers on the back.

Despite excitement from the school to honor the Waseca police officer who was shot in the head while responding to a report of a suspicious person on Jan. 6, the fully customized uniforms were blocked by Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) because of rules and policies from the National Federation of High Schools. 

In a statement, the MSHSL said federation policy "limits the size of alterations to commemorate individuals or events within competition." 

Changes jerseys completely was a violation of those bylaws, but the patches fall within what's considered "appropriate recognition," according to the MSHSL's statement last week. 

The teams have elected to wear the full uniforms to honor Matson during warmups before changing into their league-allowed jerseys for game competition. 

Matson remains hospitalized and on Monday he underwent reconstructive facial surgery, which went well, according to the latest update from his CaringBridge page

Next Up

P.J. Fleck

Looks like the Gophers can put Fleck-to-Tennessee rumors to rest

Fleck is annually a hot commodity when coaching jobs open up.

Matt Dumba

Wild drop front end of back-to-back with Kings

The Wild lost consecutive games for the first time this season.

Andrelton Simmons / Minnesota Twins

Twins sign Andrelton Simmons to one-year deal

The former Angels shortstop is a four-time Gold Glove winner.

covid, vaccine

Minnesotans eligible for COVID shots only need to pre-register once for vaccine lottery

This is good news for people worried that they'd need to sign up every week.

police lights

2 people charged in separate Minneapolis homicides that happened hours apart

A woman is accused of stabbing a man in the chest over $60, while a man is accused of accidentally shooting a victim on the man's birthday.

House for sale

Despite pandemic, Twin Cities housing market set records in 2020

Sales were up 7.7% in 2020 compared to the year before.

Target store inside

Target unveils 'limited-edition' home, lifestyle collection with Levi Strauss

The new collection will be available in some stores and everyone online Feb. 28.

Tim Walz

Walz's $52.4 billion budget increases school spending, raises taxes on wealthy

He says the budget will help level the playing field and ensure all Minnesotans have a fair shot at economic recovery,

Screen Shot 2021-01-26 at 12.55.00 PM

Pictures from Minnesota GOP's Deadwood retreat show no masks, no distancing

The pictures were shared in Chair Jennifer Carnahan's latest email newsletter.

Alexus Norberg

Search for girl, 14, missing from St. Cloud

The teen left her home without her parents' permission.



Senator gives MSHSL 'friendly advice' about Waseca uniforms

Sen. John Jasinski is urging the MSHSL to show "compassion."

Arik Matson

Waseca plans big greeting for officer Arik Matson's return home

The police officer was shot in the head while on duty in January.

Arik Matson

Waseca police officer takes first unassisted steps since shooting

It's been more than four months since Officer Matson was shot in the head.

Screen Shot 2020-01-07 at 10.29.37 AM

Waseca police standoff with armed male ends with arrest

The incident happened approximately 7 weeks after a Waseca officer was shot in the head.

Arik Matson

Waseca officer Matson continues to recover after being shot

The 32-year-old police officer was shot in the line of duty on Jan. 6.

Arik Matson

Arik Matson suffers setback, but 'working hard to get home'

It's been eight months since the police officer was shot in the head.