Boston College senior defenseman J.D. Forrest missed his team’s opening game of the season at Vermont and is out indefinitely pending resolution of an unspecified academic eligibility issue.
Forrest, a second-team All-American and Hockey East All-Star last season, is not expected back at least until the team’s fourth game of the season and possibly longer. Forrest had six goals and 25 assists for 31 points last year. He is an alternate captain for BC.
The second-ranked Eagles travel to East Lansing, Mich., for the Ice Breaker Tournament Oct. 10-11, where they will meet Minnesota-Duluth and then either host Michigan State or Findlay. The following week, Oct. 17-18, the Eagles visit North Dakota.
BC, the preseason favorite in Hockey East, won its opening game at Vermont, 5-3, without Forrest and sophomore forwards Chris Collins and Patrick Eaves. Collins was sidelined after an unspecified violation of team rules, while Eaves was serving the final game of a suspension that carried over from last season.
Both forwards are expected to return for the Ice Breaker.