Backman’s Injury Not Hockey-Related, Yale Says

Ivy League player of the year Sean Backman’s foot injury, one that is expected to end the Yale senior’s season, was suffered when he entered a school pool after hours, according to a school statement.

Backman, who is third on the Bulldogs’ roster with 35 points this season, was injured last Sunday.

A statement released to USCHO late Thursday by a Yale spokesperson indicated that the incident took place after the pool in the Payne Whitney Gymnasium was closed.

“A review of the incident is proceeding, and a report will be made to the Director of Athletics and the Dean of Yale College,” the statement reads. “No disciplinary action is expected. We are watching his progress and wish him well. His return this season is unlikely.”

Edward Mockus, Yale’s associate athletic director for Intramurals, Recreation and the Payne Whitney Gymnasium, declined comment but said he spoke with Yale police.

Reporting: Jason Klump

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