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Report: Minnetonka hockey player suffered frostbite on Hockey Day Minnesota

They played the game in subzero conditions on Lake Bemidji.

Minnesota's hockey community embraces playing outdoors in the winter, but the bitter cold on Hockey Day last Saturday resulted in a Minnetonka player suffering frostbite, according to the Star Tribune's David La Vaque

Teddy Lagerback, an Arizona State University commit, missed Minnetonka's clash with Edina on Thursday because of the frostbite injury, which his mother confirmed to the newspaper.

The degree of his injury isn't clear, but temperatures on Lake Bemidji where Minnetonka defeated Andover 5-2 on Hockey Day were around 15 below zero when they dropped the puck at 9:30 a.m. 

Privacy laws restrict school officials from commenting on student medical conditions, but Minnetonka High School issued the following statement to BMTN regarding the cold weather its hockey team played in. 

“The safety of our students is always our top priority. On Hockey Day, we stayed within the weather guidelines provided by the Minnesota State High School League," it said.

"Additionally, there were doctors at the event, provided by the event organizers, who were there to respond to any concerns, in the event that any were concerns were raised.”

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The outdoor hockey festival featured heated benches and a heated locker room near the rink to keep players as warm as possible. 

The Minnesota State High School League's weather guidelines can be seen in full here. In cold weather situations, schools are recommended to cancel or postpone events in which the temperature is lower than 20 below zero or the wind chill reaches 40 below. 

It was close to both on Hockey Day Minnesota, but not quite that severe. 

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