Union captain Jay Varady, coming off his junior season, has had his career cut short after being diagnosed with a genetic disorder in his spine, head coach Kevin Sneddon said.
The disorder prevents him from participating in any contact sports.
“He will be able to live a completely normal life, but hockey poses too much of a threat to his safety,” said Sneddon in a letter to season-ticket holders. “Jay will return this fall to help the coaching staff lead this team. In the meantime, we will look to our returning players to see
who will emerge as next year’s captains.”
In 1999-2000, Varady had one goal and three assists in 24 games for the Dutchmen. In 73 career college games, Varady had three goals and five assists.