Niagara's Murphy Suspended After DWI
CHN Staff Report
Niagara senior forward Ryan Murphy has been suspended for the first 18 games of the season after being charged with driving while intoxicated.
According to Lewiston, N.Y., police, Murphy was cited after a two-car accident, and after refusing to submit to breath and blood tests. The incident took place Sept. 29. Murphy did not play in the team's opening weekend of games against Clarkson while the team reviewed the situation.
“For violations to the Niagara University student code of conduct and the athlete code of conduct, Ryan has been suspended by the Niagara University men’s hockey team until Jan. 13, 2014,” Niagara coach Dave Burkholder said in a statement. “This suspension, which covers over 50 percent of the 2013-14 season, is effective (Monday). The expectation is that Ryan will continue as a student at Niagara with plans to rejoin the team for the second half of the season.”
Murphy was the team's leading scorer last year with 36 points.
Murphy will be eligible to return for the team's Jan. 17 home game against Holy Cross.