By John Lauritsen, WCCO-TV

APPLE VALLEY (WCCO) — Apple Valley High School Sophomore Hudson Fasching is considered by many to be perhaps the best 15-year-old hockey player in the state of Minnesota. He’s also got the makings of an NHL player. But as competitive and goal-driven as he is on the ice, it’s at home where you begin to see that he’s more than that.

Hudson is a big brother to 13-year-old Cooper and 12-year-old Mallory. Both were born with a rare DNA disease. They can’t walk or talk.

“His 2-year-old to 5, 6-year-old time frame were nothing but hospitals. Because that’s when these two were born,” said Hudson’s dad Rick.

However, Hudson doesn’t regret it, nor have his parents recalled a time when he has complained. Every night he comes home from hockey practice or a game, Cooper and Mallory are waiting.

“Every time I go to Cooper and I shake his chest and he gets a big grin on his face because he likes being messed around with,” said Hudson.

The thrills of what happened in the hockey rink give way to the joy of life at home. Hudson regularly helps his mom, Shannon, put his brother and sister to bed.

“It’s hard because we don’t get any visual or audio responses from them. I think each in their own way has formed who Hudson is, and they know Hudson cares about them more than anything,” said Rick.

Whether they know it or not, Cooper and Mallory have helped give Hudson direction. When his hockey career is over, Hudson plans to study medicine and, maybe someday, find a cure for Cooper and Mallory.

“I feel lucky every day and it makes me more grateful for everything around me. I could have ended up not being able to talk or move, but I’m here and I’m willing to be successful with what I’m doing, and I’m happy to realize that,” said Hudson.

His father agrees.

“The one thing I would hope is that he doesn’t forget the experiences he has had with his brother and sister that have made him the kid he is right now and will hopefully make him the man he turns out to be,” said Rick.

“I just hope he is always compassionate and remembers how hard it is to live the life that Cooper and Mallory live, and he’s able to help other people,” said Shannon.

Hudson is a straight-A student and was also a member of the school’s state championship soccer team last fall.

Hudson said he hopes to play college hockey close to home after high school.

John Lauritsen

Comments (12)
  1. Gary in Wayzata says:


    God bless you.

    You are an incredible young man, and I have no doubt you will make the future better for a lot of people.

    I believe that if anyone can find a cure for your brother and sister, with your spirit you will be the one to do that.

    Thank you for being an inspiration to us all, we wish you the best in what ever your future holds.

  2. Sharon says:

    Hudson, you can be an inspiration to many, many young people! Bless you for your caring attitude, and your great school achievements!

  3. Jane says:

    Wow….Hudson you are an inspiration to all!. What a wonderful story. Your bother and sister are extremely lucky to have such a kind, warm, helpful brother. These skills will take you a long way some day, they already have. I can’t wait to show this to my 13 year old hockey player, who like you…. has a heart of gold. Thank you for sharing your story. It made me cry.

  4. richard says:

    I watched this on TV last night. THIS is a great young man and I’m betting he will accomplish much in whatever he does in the future. There are good people out there that offset all of the bad things we are bombarded with daily, Hudson is a perfect example of “good people”.

  5. lib says:

    So refreshing to read about such a great kid.

  6. TJ says:

    Awesome kid, I haven’t liked many people at Apple Valley for their attitudes but THAT is a kid to look up to for kids and a lot of adults.

    I wonder if he meant close to home as in UND!!!

  7. Jackie says:

    Your story is truly remarkable & So are you Hudson…….your brothers are very lucky to have such a loving, caring, suppostive brother!!!!! More power to you and your family!!!!! My son plays Hockey for Shakopee Varsity and he even said your “Amazing” ……….

  8. Alan says:

    Thou art a Mensch!

  9. L says:

    I’m so impressed with both the love you freely demonstrate to your siblings, and for your willingness to use the platforms you have been blessed with to bring awareness to the world. Keep on shining!

  10. Sonia says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your story! The entire Fasching Family is amazing….Hudson, you are an awesome brother and your parents are angles on early. I have no doubt you will be successful at everything you do. God Bless.