Kid with majestic hair signals return of high school hockey in Minnesota

Ladies and gentlemen, your captain...
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It's a huge week for the State of Hockey as the Minnesota Wild open the 2021 regular season and boys and girls high school hockey begins competitive action after the season was delayed because of COVID-related restrictions. 

And if there was ever a signal that hockey is back in full force it's an incredible head of hair and adolescent mustache. This is where Easton Parnell enters the fray. 

Parnell, the captain of the Cambridge-Isanti Bluejackets, has a yellow dome atop his head and a scruffy mustache resting on his upper lip. He's the epitome of Minnesota hockey, and now the entire state will know his name thanks to his team posting a photo of him on Twitter. 

According to assistant coach Rich Brown, Parnell is a four-year varsity player who has been captain since his sophomore year, adding that he's a "hard-working two-way center and a fantastic leader for our team." 

Parnell is yet another example of the glorious hockey hair that doesn't get the attention that other head salads do when the state hockey tournament is televised. Had Parnell and Cambridge-Isanti reached the state tourney a year ago, he certainly would've been on the All-Hockey Hair Team. 

The prep hockey season for boys and girls begins Thursday, Jan. 14. Players must wear masks or helmets with face shields that cover the entire face. 

Parnell and hair will lead Cambridge-Isanti onto the ice against Becker/Big Lake at 7 p.m. Thursday. 

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