BU Loses Another; Coyle Leaves
Reports Cite Possible Academic Issues
by Scott McLaughlin/CHN Writer
BOSTON Charlie Coyle has left Boston University and signed with the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
An article at United States Hockey Report (ushr.com) said Coyle's departure is "supposedly due to academic issues," however Coyle denied that in an interview with The Pipeline Show in Edmonton, where he is training for the World Junior Championships with Team USA.
The news came four days after leading scorer Corey Trivino was dismissed from the team after being arrested Sunday night.
Coyle declined to comment to College Hockey News.
Sources told College Hockey News on Thursday that Coyle has had ongoing academic issues and was in danger of being ruled academically ineligible for the second semester. The sources offered conflicting reports over whether or not Coyle was leaving, however. Some said nothing had been decided yet. One source indicated that all parties involved were hoping to wait until after the World Junior Championship to announce anything.
Coyle told The Boston Hockey Blog on Thursday that he was still on the Terriers and that everything was fine.
Coyle, who was the Hockey East Rookie of the Year last season, was tied for third on BU in scoring with 14 points on three goals and 11 assists. With the departures of Trivino and Coyle this week, the Terriers are left with 12 forwards who have dressed in five or more games this season. Forwards Ryan Santana and Matt Ronan have not dressed in a game this season, Santana due to an injury.
The USHR article also says that some BU players are unhappy with how Trivino's dismissal was handled, specifically with how openly head coach Jack Parker discussed Trivino's alleged history of alcohol problems in the media.