As expected the additional suspensions for the Michigan State Hockey team were handed down last night. Both Tropp and Conboy were suspended for the rest of the season by MSU. The CCHA agrees with the punishment and will not do anything else on this matter.
Sparty Hockey coach Rick Comley: “What happened near the end of the game this weekend is not the way in which we want our hockey program represented. We cannot condone their actions. We felt that we had to send a strong message that this behavior will not be tolerated. However, one thing needs to be clear — this was an incident that was an emotional, split-second action, for which these players are being punished. I don’t want this to be portrayed that this was anything premeditated or that any single player was targeted.”
As you might expect the local news and Michigan blogosphere has some things to say about this incident and turn of events. Brian at MGoBlog says it is not enough because Sparty's season is essentially over anyway. Jason at MichiganHockeyNet is pleased with the decision. Packer at the Blog that Yost Built is OK with it based on the fact that Kampfer was not seriously hurt. This thing is even getting national media attention as both the NY Times and ESPN have picked up the story.
Here is my opinion: I believe that what happened on Saturday night was an emotional/frustrated outburst from a couple of undisciplined hockey players. But the fact still remains it was an assault with a weapon and needs to be looked at and resolved within the legal system. The self imposed season long suspension is appropriate given the fact that Kampfer was not seriously injured. The CCHA has a problem on its hands right now, as I believe we will see a wild-assed display of hockey justice the next time Tropp and/or Conboy skate against Michigan. Strap yourselves in, it may be a bumpy ride.
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Edit: The Free Press is reporting Andrew Conboy dropped out of school. I think it safe to assume we won't see this hack in the CCHA ever again. The News is now reporting that both players are no longer with the MSU program, which seems like their suspensions are like... forever. If this is the case I would consider the issue between the two program closed and future anarchy is put on hold. I still think the Washtenaw County DA may have more to say.