Duluth East's Lanigan Donates Hockey Hair Winnings to Northern Lights Foundation

Created: April 02, 2018 10:01 PM

You may not have seen Duluth East senior forward Nick Lanigan's flow during the Section 7AA boys hockey final due to his pesky helmet, but the mullet was in full force when the Greyhounds made the Class AA State Tournament.

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"I think this year everybody kind of wanted to do something to stand out," said Lanigan referring to his teammates and their hair during the state tournament. "A lot of guys put lightning bolts in their hair and then we had the 'Flownado,' can't forget about him," he added.

Lanigan is referring to his teammate Will Fischer who made the All-Hockey Hair State Tournament Team. The Greyhounds were also the runner-up in this season's state tournament. However, it was our WDIO/WIRT viewers that voted for Lanigan on having the best hockey hair in the section.

"I actually didn't know," Lanigan admitted about winning the contest. "My dad texted me one day and said, 'what are you going to do with the money?' I was like what are you talking about? What money?"

As the winner, he received a $50 Sven & Ole’s Gift Certificate, a $50 Visa Gift Card, and a $500.00 donation to the charity of his choice. Lanigan decided to donate his winnings to the Northern Lights Foundation.

"My uncle and aunt just had a baby and what the Northern Lights Foundation does is they support children who when they are delivered they are given money in case they need help; if they have an illness or something," said Lanigan.

Lanigan's cousin Ava was born on February 28th, the day before his section final game, and spent 10 days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The Northern Lights Foundation seeks to erase emotional and financial stress placed on families with children who can face life-threatening illnesses. Lanigan is hoping that his donation can help a family in need.

"I know it affected my aunt and uncle a ton, especially my mom. I hope parents won't worry as much because this will help them," Lanigan said about his donation.


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