After Suspension, Vermont Senior Forward Leaves Team

Vermont senior Graham Mink has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team and athletic department rules, following his arrest earlier this week. As a result, Mink has left the team and the University.

Mink is facing felony charges of aggravated assault following an off-campus incident in the early-morning hours of Sept. 16. According to the Burlington (Vt.) Free Press, the victim of the assault suffered “serious bodily injury.”

Mike will be arraigned Nov. 15, and faces up to 15 years in prison.

“Here at UVM, we have high expectations for how our student-athletes conduct themselves,” head coach Mike Gilligan said. “In addition, the hockey team has its own set of rules and standards regarding behavior of the players, both on and off the ice.

“Any time there is a potential issue, I have to use my judgment to determine whether these rules and standards have been violated. I have looked into this situation, and I have decided to suspend Graham Mink indefinitely from the team.”

Mink, a native of Stowe, Vt., had 17 goals in 32 games last season. He was suspended for the first two exhibition games of last season for an undisclosed violation of team rules.

Mink was also named as a defendant in the hazing lawsuit brought by former Vermont student Corey LaTulippe against the school and members of the team in December, 1999. Mink settled out of court.

Mink is now in the Washington Capitals training camp, hoping to find a spot on their AHL affiliate, the Portland Pirates.