UND Issues Players’ Statement On Tavern Incident

A statement was released Wednesday afternoon regarding the Jan. 28 incident at Judy’s Tavern involving Fighting Sioux players Robbie Bina, Jonathan Toews and T.J. Oshie:

University of North Dakota men’s hockey student-athletes Robbie Bina, Jonathan Toews and T.J. Oshie apologized today for their roles in a recent incident at a Grand Forks business.

The three student-athletes said the following:

Said Bina: “On Sunday, January 28, I unfortunately made a mistake that I will not be able to take back. I do not hold anybody responsible other than myself. I would also like to apologize to the University of North Dakota and the surrounding community for my actions on that date.”

Said Toews: “I would like to apologize to the UND community and young Fighting Sioux hockey fans as well as my teammates for my selfish actions. I have take complete responsibility for what has happened and I hope that the focus can be restored upon my teammates and the rest of the 2006-07 Fighting Sioux hockey season.”

Said Oshie: “I would like to apologize to the University of North Dakota and to the fans for my actions. I take full responsibility for what I did and I would especially like to apologize to my teammates and coaches for any negative distractions that I brought to the team in this critical part of our season.”

The student-athletes said they would not address media questions on the matter for the remainder of the UND hockey season.

In addition to being subject to local laws, all three student-athletes will subject to University of North Dakota disciplinary guidelines, said UND coach Dave Hakstol. Disciplinary actions will not be made public, Hakstol said, in accordance with University policy.

Hakstol said he would have no further comment on the matter.