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I’ve written about this before, but with the summer the NCAA has had, it’s hard not to bring it up again: It baffles my mind that elite hockey prospects risk their entire futures just to get blitzed at 

a team party.

The latest flashpoint comes from the University of North Dakota, where four intoxicated freshmen from the (former) Fighting Sioux were allegedly carried into their dorm by upperclassmen because they couldn’t walk under their own power. According to the Grand Forks Herald, goalie Zane Gothberg (Boston, 165th overall in 2010) was passed out on the floor when cops arrived. Bryn Chyzyk was lying on a futon and unresponsive until an officer applied a pressure point behind his ear. Drake Caggiula was taken to hospital with suspected alcohol poisoning, while St. Louis Blues first round draft pick Jordan Schmaltz (25th overall in 2012) locked himself in a bathroom during the initial sweep, then passed out on his bed where cops found him soon after.

The North Dakota athletic department has already suspended seven upperclassmen from its opening series against Alaska-Anchorage because of the incident, which has been characterized as a team party gone wrong. (The specter of hazing has been brought up, but not proven.)

Even though all four frosh were underage, I’m not going to pretend teenagers don’t drink. Heck, Jonathan Toews and Phil Kessel both had run-ins involving booze when they were in college and they turned out OK. But for the two NHLers, their dalliances were more about being careless about their surroundings (i.e. they were at a bar when they were underage) than putting themselves or their teammates in life-threatening situations. One of those players could have died from either alcohol poisoning or from choking on their own vomit in the middle of the night.

In less dire terms, what if the University decided this sort of publicity wasn’t worth the scholarship money these kids are riding around on? See ya.

I like Jordan Schmaltz. He’s really fun to interview and amusing to follow on Twitter. Scouts love his frame and the way he can take over a game with his puckmoving ability from the blueline. I want to see him play for the Blues one day, which is why I roll my eyes when things like this come out.

I’ve written about this before, but with the summer the NCAA has had, it’s hard not to bring it up again: It baffles my mind that elite hockey prospects risk their entire futures just to get blitzed at a team party.

The latest flashpoint comes from the University of North Dakota, where four intoxicated freshmen from the (former) Fighting Sioux were allegedly carried into their dorm by upperclassmen because they couldn’t walk under their own power. According to the Grand Forks Herald, goalie Zane Gothberg (Boston, 165th overall in 2010) was passed out on the floor when cops arrived. Bryn Chyzyk was lying on a futon and unresponsive until an officer applied a pressure point behind his ear. Drake Caggiula was taken to hospital with suspected alcohol poisoning, while St. Louis Blues first round draft pick Jordan Schmaltz (25th overall in 2012) locked himself in a bathroom during the initial sweep, then passed out on his bed where cops found him soon after.

The North Dakota athletic department has already suspended seven upperclassmen from its opening series against Alaska-Anchorage because of the incident, which has been characterized as a team party gone wrong. (The specter of hazing has been brought up, but not proven.)

Even though all four frosh were underage, I’m not going to pretend teenagers don’t drink. Heck, Jonathan Toews and Phil Kessel both had run-ins involving booze when they were in college and they turned out OK. But for the two NHLers, their dalliances were more about being careless about their surroundings (i.e. they were at a bar when they were underage) than putting themselves or their teammates in life-threatening situations. One of those players could have died from either alcohol poisoning or from choking on their own vomit in the middle of the night.

In less dire terms, what if the University decided this sort of publicity wasn’t worth the scholarship money these kids are riding around on? See ya.

I like Jordan Schmaltz. He’s really fun to interview and amusing to follow on Twitter. Scouts love his frame and the way he can take over a game with his puckmoving ability from the blueline. I want to see him play for the Blues one day, which is why I roll my eyes when things like this come out.

I just want hockey season to start on time!!!

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