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MSHSL allows Waseca hockey team to wear patch in Matson's honor

The Waseca players will wear a patch in Waseca officer Arik Matson's honor. The patch is a yellow police shield with Matson's badge number printed on it.
Credit: MSHSL
The Waseca High School boys hockey team will wear a patch to honor Waseca officer Arik Matson, who was shot in the head while responding to a call earlier this month.

WASECA, Minn. — The Minnesota State High School League has given the "thumbs up" to the Waseca High School's new sweaters honoring Waseca officer Arik Matson.

After the Waseca High School boys hockey team was prohibited from playing in a custom jersey last week due to league policy, the two have reached a compromise.

The Waseca players will wear a patch honoring Matson, who was shot in the head while responding to a 911 call on Jan. 6 about a suspicious person in the back yard of a house.

The patch is a yellow police shield with Matson's badge number (222) printed inside the shield. According to the MSHSL, these jerseys comply with the league policy for special uniforms and are eligible to be worn during games.

Waseca wore their custom sweaters last week during warmups, but had to put on their traditional jerseys for the game.

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Matson went through reconstructive surgery Monday afternoon to repair the fractures in his head. According to the family's CaringBridge page, the surgery went well and he's continuing to recover.