You might have to be from Minnesota to fully appreciate the importance of the state’s high school hockey tournament. It’s more than a sporting event. It’s a cultural touchstone that packs ’em in at the Xcel Energy Center—attendance at the games on Friday night was a record 21,609—and rallies friends and families in front of televisions around the state. There’s nothing like it anywhere else in the country.
But here’s something that doesn’t require residency to appreciate: serious flow.
The state tournament is more than a proving ground for emerging talent like T.J. Oshie and Blake Wheeler. It’s also a showcase for the greatest hockey hair in the land. And thanks to the efforts of YouTube user PullTab Productions, that’s something fans across the world can enjoy.
PullTab has been compiling a loving tribute to the tourney’s follicular stars for years, but this time around, equipment and apparel manufacturer Warrior Hockey has been enlisted to help promote the best locks, as well as a worthy cause.
“We saw it as a great opportunity to connect with all the fans of the Minnesota High School Boys tournament and the hockey family beyond,” said Keith Perera, brand manager for Warrior. “The hair video has become a great book end to the amazing talent showcase in the ‘State of Hockey’ and it was a honor to be part of this annual ritual. Also, guided by the auteur, we found a way to benefit the local community and a charity that is dear to his heart, the Hendrickson Foundation. We had a chance to help hockey players of all abilities. We are the only major hockey manufacturer that produces hockey sticks for all hockey players (standing, sled and goalie) so it was a no-brainer for us.”
Check it out above, and marvel at the kings of the hair jungle.
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