College Hockey:
North Dakota players docked scholarship money following police citations

According to the Grand Forks Herald, North Dakota coach Dave Hakstol is taking scholarship money away from four players after they received citations following this past season.

Three 20-year-old freshmen – Zane Gothberg, Colten St. Clair and Bryn Chyzyk – received citations for underage drinking, while sophomore Stephane Pattyn received a noise citation.

Gothberg’s incident occurred March 31 after the team returned home from the West Regional in Grand Rapids, Mich. The other players received their citations last weekend.

“This is going to cost some people significant scholarship dollars and trigger other internal actions,” Hakstol said in the report.

Four players were cited for underage drinking at a preseason party in September, including Gothberg and Chyzyk.

“We had the incident last fall [and] that jolted everybody,” Hakstol added. “It resulted in our team making some good adjustments. We did the right things through the entire season, but the incidents and the decisions that have come since the end of the season just don’t meet the standards.”

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  • nogofer

    OK, let the hating commence…

    • TigerTony

      I’m surprised there have only been 2 comments so far.

    • MikeE

      Well…yeah! Seriously though, they just need to do a better job of not getting caught. Most all underage college hockey players party, we all know that, my Gophers included (Haula, Blarney Gate). One would think that by now though that the NoDak players would be a little more cautious because now it’s starting to hurt the program. Party…sure, just be a little more careful.

    • jmsptrk

      kids will be kids.

  • neutralzonetrap

    Underage drinking? Noise citations? Loss of scholarship money to players? I’m shocked, shocked to find these things going on in Ricks, er, Grand Forks.

  • GopherBulldogHockey

    They have blown this little incident way out of proportion, everyone drinks in college including athletes

  • Sobering Thoughts

    Regardless of who it is I am satisfied to see discipline being dished out. Not every student drinks illegally. Perhaps not even the majority. And someone in a high profile position like a hockey player at a major college program should know that gets factored in to NHL scouting reports.

  • jmsptrk

    good to see hakstol get out in front of this one.

  • DelayedOffside

    Wonder if scholly money would be lost or even in the news if the four names were Kristo, Knight, Grimaldi, and Rowney??? Hmmm!!!

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