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Hakstol Suspended Two Games by North Dakota

CHN Staff Report

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — North Dakota coach Dave Hakstol has been suspended two games by the school for his actions during Saturday's game against Minnesota.

Hakstol was caught on video cameras making an obscene gesture — flipping his middle finger — at referee Don Adam. Hakstol had released a statement Sunday apologizing for his actions.

University of North Dakota co-acting athletic directors Betty Ralston and Steve Brekke made the move, suspending Hakstol for the team's next two games, Feb. 15-16 against Denver.

(Hakstol's comments following the suspension)

Ralston said the disciplinary action was determined by the University of North Dakota and was made independent of any decision or action by the WCHA.

"We hold all University of North Dakota coaches and student-athletes to the highest standards of sportsmanship, conduct and ethical behavior," Ralston said in a statement. "We expect our coaches to keep themselves and their teams in control at all times. Profane language and poor behavior on the part of our coaches and student-athletes is unacceptable."

UND President Charles E. Kupchella said, "Obviously we were
disappointed by the grossly inappropriate actions of Dave Hakstol last Saturday. There is simply no excuse for such displays, anywhere, anytime, under any circumstances.

"We all regret that our coach's action has tarnished an otherwise superb athletic tradition at UND, and on behalf of the entire UND community, I extend our sincere apology to hockey fans and UND supporters everywhere.

"Coach Hakstol has been given a two-game suspension by our athletic department and the University, a suspension which has been supported by the WCHA. Coach Hakstol is also receiving a stern letter of reprimand with a clear warning that there will be no tolerance for any such actions in the future."

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