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Michigan Defenseman Merrill Reinstated

Sophomore returns after missing 22 games

CHN Staff Report

After missing 22 games following his suspension prior to the start of the season, Jon Merrill will return to the Michigan lineup on Friday, making his season debut against Lake Superior.

Michigan head coach Red Berenson confirmed Merrill's reinstatement on Friday, effective immediately.

"Jon's indefinite suspension has been lifted," said Berenson. "He has paid for his poor decision and is back on the team."

Merrill, a CCHA All-Rookie selection after his freshman campaign,, represented the United States in the last two IIHF World Junior Championships, and returned to Ann Arbor this week after playing for Team USA in the Championships in Alberta.

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound defenseman was suspended by Berenson for the first 12 games of this season, for an unspecified violation of team rules. After the 12 games had passed, Berenson allowed Merrill to return to practice, but extended the suspension indefinitely.

Merrill was a second-round draft pick of the New Jersey Devils in 2010.

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