April 18, 2019 03:02 PM
Jack Jensen scored the most dramatic goal of this year's Boys State Hockey Tournament and won the 2019 Herb Brooks Award. After his senior season ended at Eden Prairie, he decided to stay home to finish the school year and play junior hockey while staying at home.
Click the video box on this page to see KSTP Sports' story on Jack Jensen playing with the Minnesota Magicians as he completes his senior year at Eden Prairie High School
It's typical for elite high school junior and senior hockey players to pack up and leave to join junior hockey teams at the conclusion of the high school season.
Last year, Jensen joined the USHL's Tri-City Storm - based in central Nebraska.
Tri-City plays in the United States Hockey League, which is the top-tier for junior hockey in the nation. There isn't a USHL team in Minnesota.
Jensen's rights were traded to Omaha of the USHL this season, but he decided to stay home - signing on to play with the Richfield-based Minnesota Magicians in the North American Hockey League. The NAHL is one tier below the USHL.
The decision allows Jensen to stay at home, finish his senior season with classmates at Eden Prairie while practicing and playing with the Magicians on nights and weekends.
Life in junior hockey is a significant - and often difficult - adjustment from high school.
Typically, junior hockey players live with a host family or in team-provided housing while taking online high school or college coursework.
It's an arrangement Jensen simply didn't think was the right course as he closes out his high school life.
The Magicians are currently playing Springfield (IL) in the first round of the NAHL Playoffs.
Created: April 18, 2019 03:02 PM
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