October 27, 2007 PRINT Bookmark and Share

Vermont Pair Suspended

CHN Staff Report

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Vermont's Jonathan Higgins has been suspended for six games after court charges were brought against him for an incident that occured last week. Patrick Cullity, a sophomore defenseman, was also suspended one game for an unspecified violation of the school's code of conduct for student-athletes.

According to the Burlington Free Press, coach Kevin Sneddon also reprimanded the entire team for "unsuitable conduct" by some team members at a downtown Burlington establishment that same night.

Higgins is a sophomore who played just nine games last season. This season, he has one goal in three games for the 0-2-1 Catamounts. Vermont has off until Sunday against Dartmouth.

Higgins was cited for taking a bicycle without the owner's consent. He was stopped by Burlington police, issued a citation to appear in court and sent to detox at Act 1, according to an affidavit filed by officer David Clements.

"Any time when we have information that student-athletes have behaved inappropriately, we take it seriously," said Corran to the Free Press. "One of the standards of our program is that we demand a great deal of our student-athletes in the classroom and as citizens.

"We appreciate the support we have from the community and part of that is to conduct ourselves as good citizens of the community."

According to reports, there was no damage, but that the school was alerted to poor behavior on the part of some hockey players.

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