College Hockey:
NMU’s Contois Granted Final Year Of Eligibility

Andrew Contois, whose collegiate eligibility at Northern Michigan had apparently been exhausted earlier this year, has been granted a final year after a review of the school’s appeal by the NCAA.

Contois began his collegiate career at Lake Superior State before transferring to NMU during his freshman year. Previously, the NCAA had counted his time at LSSU as a full season as he appeared in eight games with the Lakers, and his two and a half seasons with the Wildcats exhausted his four years of eligibility.

“When we first got word that Andrew would be ineligible we knew that we would go through the process to try to get him eligible,” head coach Walt Kyle said. “Part of the process was to appeal to the NCAA.” It was determined during a yearly review in the spring by the compliance officer at NMU that Contois had used up his eligibility.

Contois was 19-17-36 for the 2004-05 season, led the team in goals and was second in points. For his NMU career, Contois has appeared in 94 games with 27 goals, 38 assists for 66 points. He must sit one game during the 2005-06 season as a condition of his extension of eligibility.

“A lot of work and detail was done by people in the NMU Athletic Department to make this happen,” Kyle added. “We were hopeful and confident that the appeal would be granted. This will allow him to compete and graduate.”

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