On February 14th, 17 people had their life taken from them in a school shooting that was one of the deadliest schools shootings in America’s history. 11 days later, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the school that suffered this horrible tragedy, won the state championship in hockey.
Obviously there is nothing anyone can do to bring back those who we lost, but in light of the tragic events that happened, Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High school gave the community something to rally around. The team also dedicated their win to the 17 victims who lost their lives on that horrible day.
The Eagles received 17 medals, for each member of the team, after their state championship, coincidentally the same number as those who were lost on that February day. So the hockey team has decided it will dedicate the medals to the victims and honor each one of them with the state title medals. “No one was lacking energy in the locker room we all came to play we were all ready,” Marjory Stoneman Douglas senior Matthew Horowitz told WPLG Local 10. “This wasn’t for us. This was for the 17 victims.”
The Eagles had to win two games on Sunday in order to capture the state title, coming from behind in both games, taking down the top ranked team 3-1 then beating Jesuit 7-4 in the championship to get the crown. On a side note it is pretty crazy how different high school hockey is in the state of Florida. I don’t think I have ever seen a team play two, full games in Massachusetts high school hockey, especially in the state tournament. Players must have been gassed after that second game.