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Franken deploys puck, locker-room laughs during Woodbury visit (W/Video)

Woodbury's Evan Erickson (left) takes part in a ceremonial puck drop Thursday with U.S. Sen. Al Franken (center). Bulletin photo by Mike Longaecker2 / 3
U.S. Sen. Al Franken walks out for a ceremonial puck-drop Thursday at Bielenberg Ice Arena. Bulletin photo by Mike Longaecker3 / 3

U.S. Sen. Al Franken dropped a puck and left Woodbury hockey players chuckling Thursday during a visit to Bielenberg Ice Arena.

Franken, DFL-Minn., was at the ice arena for a ceremonial puck drop prior to the Royals' game against Roseville.

Before the drop, Franken chatted briefly with Woodbury players inside Bielenberg's new locker rooms and jokingly reminded captain Evan Erickson not to spring into action during the ceremonial event -- a quip that elicited laughs from players.

"Might happen," Erickson joked back.

See the attached video for Franken's full speech to the players and Erickson.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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