Motherwell Leaves BC
by Adam Wodon/Managing Editor
Brett Motherwell, the junior defenseman for Boston College who last month was "suspended indefinitely" by head coach Jerry York, has left school and signed an American Hockey League contract with the Syracuse Crunch.
Motherwell, an undrafted free agent, was suspended along with forward Brian O'Hanley following the team's first game. According to reports, Motherwell and O'Hanley missed team curfew, but no further light has been shed on what led to the severe punishment.
As of Thursday afternoon, the school was still in the dark about Motherwell leaving. A BC spokesperson said he was still on campus, however other reports had him in Omaha skating with his old USHL team, the Lancers, waiting for a pro deal.
"We were told the suspension was indefinite and haven't heard anything since then," the spokesperson said.
Syracuse's spokespeople, however, confirmed that Motherwell signed today, though it won't be officially announced until later in the afternoon.
Attempts to reach York and Motherwell were unsuccessful. Messages left for Motherwell's agent, Peter Fish, and O'Hanley have not yet been returned.
Motherwell, a 5-foot-11 native of St. Charles, Ill., was a highly-touted recruit coming in, though he went undrafted. He had seven goals and 51 points in 82 career games with the Eagles.
O'Hanley is still on campus taking classes at BC.
Stay with CHN for more details as they come in.