North Dakota Players Will Have Scholarships Reduced After Citations
CHN Staff Report
GRAND FORKS, N.D. North Dakota coach Dave Hakstol has decided to take scholarship money away from players as the result of citations received following the season, according to a report in the Grand Forks Herald.
Freshmen Zane Gothberg received a citation for underage drinking after the team returned from the West Regional in Grand Rapids. Colten St. Clair and Bryn Chyzyk received underage drinking citations last weekend, while sophomore Stephane Pattyn received a noise citation.
“This is going to cost some people significant scholarship dollars and trigger other internal actions,” Hakstol told the Grand Forks Herald.
Each team receives 18 full scholarship equivalents to hand out at any given time. Since there are more than 18 players on a team, many players receive certain partial percentages of scholarships. Hakstol said he couldn't say, because of privacy laws, just what the change in allotment those players would receive.
Hakstol had warned his team about this possibility following another before last fall, which resulted in four players receiving underage drinking citations, including Gothberg and Chyzyk, and numerous suspensions.
Problems senior Danny Kristo ran into with the law, some believe cost him the Hobey Baker Award this year.
“We had the incident last fall; that jolted everybody,” Hakstol told the Herald. “It resulted in our team making some good adjustments. We did the right things through the entire season. But the incidents and the decisions that have come since the end of the season just don’t meet the standards.”
Gothberg started 17 games this season, going 9-4-3 record with a 2.30 goals against average. Pattyn had 2-4—6 in 41 games, St. Clair was 3-4—7 in 40 games, and Chyzyk was 1-2—3 in 13 games.