This is not an example of Minnesota Nice. This is an example of good sportsmanship, and it's gaining some well-deserved attention following an incredible overtime section championship hockey game between two Twin Cities schools.
At 3M Arena at Mariucci Wednesday evening, The Blake School defeated Benilde-St. Margaret's 4-3 on a rare overtime penalty shot. As soon as the winning goal was scored, Blake celebrated, as is the standard when clinching a berth in the state tournament. But one player held off on the celebration: junior goalie Aksel Reid.
Instead, Reid skated onto the ice and hugged Benilde goalie Carson Limesand, who seconds earlier was put in one of the toughest positions in sports with the game on the line. A quick embrace and show of respect for his counterpart, Reid then joined his teammates in celebration.
"Can’t tell you how many texts I’ve gotten about how our goalie Aksel Reid went over and shook hands/hugged Carson Limesand. Classy. And Limesand was incredible tonight in the goal," said Blake Athletics Director Nick Rathmann.
In another view, you can see Reid speeding towards the celebration before he sees Limesand and immediately makes the dignified decision.
This class is similar to the June 2018 moment that went viral at a national level when a Mounds View pitched struck out his buddy for the final out of a section championship game.
Like Reid did on the ice, the Mounds View pitcher consoled his opponent before celebrating.