UMass-Amherst co-captain Tim Lovell has been suspended indefinitely by head coach Joe Mallen, the Bangor (Maine) Daily News reported Friday. Lovell, the Minutemen’s leading scorer with 20 points in 22 games, was punished for an unspecified violation of team rules.
“He violated a team policy,” said Mallen. “When I came here five years ago, I wanted to start a program based on integrity and class and a level of discipline. Tim Lovell hasn’t lived up to that. I think the guys on the team are satisfied the right move has been made here.”
Lovell, who transferred to UMass-Amherst after Maine’s self-imposed postseason ban following an investigation of NCAA violations, sat out last season as an academic redshirt. His suspension means that neither of the Minutemen’s original co-captains is currently with the team: Jeff Norton left UMass-Amherst two weeks ago to join the International Hockey League’s Detroit Vipers.