UND has suspended its team captains – Andrew MacWilliam, Corban Knight, Danny Kristo and Carter Rowney – for the opening game of the season due to a team party held Saturday.
The season opener is Oct. 19 against Alaska Anchorage in the Brice Goal Rush in Fairbanks, Alaska.
According to online court records, no citations were handed out at the party.
“The behavior in this situation was unacceptable,” athletic director Brian Faison said. “Measures taken by the athletics department do not preclude possible additional measures by the department, or actions by the University, local or state authorities.”
“Recent actions by our team are not a good representation of our place as role models within our community,” UND coach Dave Hakstol said. “We have young men of high character in our locker room, but our players, and in particular our leaders, must be accountable for their actions.”
Faison also announced additional measures, including:
- Athletics Department-issued team probation under which any further violations by a team member could result in immediate reduction of scholarship, suspension from competition, or expulsion from the program.
- The implementation of a mandatory team community service program.
- Weekly team alcohol education programming.
The incident comes two weeks after UND sophomores Michael Parks and Dan Senkbeil were cited for underage drinking. At that time, Hakstol suspended Senkbeil for two weeks from team activities. Parks’ discipline was handed internally.
UND will be down to 18 skaters available for the season-opener, which means every healthy body will be in the lineup. It also means UND’s forwards for the season-opener will include no seniors and just one junior. The other 11 will be rookies or sophomores.