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An auction for Arik: Hockey jerseys with a purpose

Garrett Short
Created: May 31, 2021 06:31 PM

(ABC 6 News) - The Waseca boys hockey team is auctioning off their custom Arik Matson jerseys to raise money for the Matson family.

After being shot while in the line of duty in January of 2020, former Waseca Police Officer Arik Matson has recovered thanks to the support of Waseca and the surrounding communities.

"The support is everywhere that we go," Arik's wife Megan said. "It's so moving in such a small community."

The fundraisers have varied. This time, the Waseca boys hockey team is auctioning off their custom jerseys they made to honor their hometown hero.

"It feels really good to help out and you know we're all doing it for a good cause," Waseca's 2021 team captain Benny Diedrich said.

The jerseys are decked out to support law enforcement, and even have Matson's badge number and a picture of him and his two daughters on the inside, back collar.

"Everybody in this community, in a time of crisis, everybody comes together and backs each other up. Like everyone has each other's backs and especially with the law enforcement here in town," Waseca's 2021 team captain Ben Moseley said.

In a live auction last Saturday, over $21,000 was raised for the family. 16 jerseys remain, and are listed online here. The auction closes at 10 pm on Monday.

"It was cool that they were willing to do that for us. Thank you once again everybody for thinking of us and praying for us," Arik Matson said.


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