It's not uncommon for hockey players to do odd things to their hair when tournament time comes around, but for the Richfield Holy Angels, their new 'dos have nothing to do with the game.
The varsity players clashed with the clippers as they work toward a different kind of victory off the ice against an opponent called cancer.
The blitz of buzz cuts was all for senior Tony Haeg, who has spent the last week at the University of Minnesota's Amplatz Children's Hospital after being diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Though his prognosis is positive, he faces two years of chemotherapy.
A photo on his wall shows what he and his fellow teammates used to look like before he decided to stop his hockey hair from coming out in clumps during chemotherapy by being proactive.
"Then, a couple of them came in with their heads shaved," he recalled. "Then, they're all talking about how they're going to do it before the game."
Haeg said his teammate's gesture of solidarity brought a smile to his face as his teammates prepare for the section finals on Thursday against Bloomington-Jefferson. On Tuesday, the coaching staff be getting their own buzz cuts too.