Charges Against Maine Players Dropped

The Penobscot County district attorney’s office announced Tuesday that it will not prosecute University of Maine hockey players Shawn Mansoff and Matt Oliver on charges of criminal threatening.

Mansoff, a sophomore from Edmonton, Alb., and Oliver, a junior from Euclid, Oh., were accused with participating in a racial incident last month in which junior goaltender Bryan Masotta allegedly left a threatening voice-mail message on the answering machine of a black Maine football player.

According to published reports, Mansoff and Oliver have been suspended by the university for one year. Both have appealed Maine’s decision and are awaiting a hearing. All three players remain suspended indefinitely from the hockey team.

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