Cornell freshman forward Philippe Hudon has left the team and may or may not return to school for the second semester.
A report on Yahoo! Sports on Tuesday said Hudon skated with the QMJHL’s Victoriaville Tigres that day and left Cornell due to his battle with obsessive compulsive disorder. He hasn’t officially signed with the Tigres as of Thursday.
“It was a battle for me during the past year,” Hudon told Quebec media on Tuesday. “I had difficulty in managing the school, trouble and hockey. It was jeopardizing my eligibility to continue my journey in the ranks of American academics. So I decided to come home.”
A Cornell spokesperson said Hudon, also a Quebec native, ”is on personal leave and has withdrawn from the university, though we hope he will return.”
Hudon, a fifth-round pick of the Detroit Red Wings in June, had not seen game action this season for the Big Red.