Michigan State Press Release
Michigan State hockey coach Rick Comley has announced that sophomore Corey Tropp and freshman Andrew Conboy have been suspended from the team for the remainder of the 2008-09 hockey season.
Tropp and Conboy were involved in an on-ice incident in last Saturday’s game at Michigan in the final minute of play.
“What happened near the end of the game this weekend is not the way in which we want our hockey program represented,” noted Comley. “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 do not want this to be portrayed that this was anything pre-meditated, or that any single player was ‘targeted.' Their reaction, while inappropriate, was a split-second response that I know that they wish they could have back.”
“We feel strongly that our student-athletes should have respect for the game, respect for their opponent, and a commitment to fair play,” added MSU athletics director Mark Hollis. “After conversations over the last two days with Rick Comley and CCHA commissioner Tom Anastos and his staff, I fully support Coach’s decision. I agree with Coach Comley that these were spontaneous, emotional actions carried out during a highly-competitive game, but their actions were completely inappropriate and reflect poorly on our program.
“Michigan State University provides a positive environment for students to learn and engage in new experiences. Along with this opportunity, come the expectations that individuals will act appropriately and make positive contributions to our campus and community. Those individuals who stray from this responsibility are held accountable.”
The CCHA, upon review of the on-ice incidents in the Jan. 24th game between Michigan and Michigan State , fully supports the decision of Michigan State ’s athletic administration to suspend the playing privileges of players Corey Tropp and Andrew Conboy for the remainder of the season, including playoffs.
“We feel that the measures taken by Michigan State are appropriate and consistent with the parameters of the sanctions that were being contemplated by the league,” stated CCHA Commissioner Tom Anastos.