Bad Boyz: Vermont Player Kicked Off Team

(above) The University of Vermont has kicked David Pacan off the team

From: Burlington Free Press

by Ted Ryan

The University of Vermont opens its regular season at home against Denver on Oct. 10-11, but they will be without one of their best players last season. Sophomore forward David Pacan has been dismissed from the University of Vermont men’s hockey team, head coach Kevin Sneddon announced.

Sneddon confirmed Tuesday that Pacan was cut from the roster for a violation of the UVM student-athlete code of conduct. No details about the violation were released.

According to an e-mail from UVM’s athletic communications office, Pacan had no comment about the disciplinary action.

“We have a clearly defined set of expectations as a hockey program here that the players are very well aware of,” Sneddon said. “On top of that, we have the UVM code of conduct, which the guys sign and are obliged to uphold.

“(Pacan) violated that student-athlete code of conduct to a point where we felt it was in everybody’s best interest to release him from the team,” Sneddon said.

A sixth-round 2009 draft pick of the Chicago Blackhawks, Pacan is a 6-foot-3, 205-pound forward from Ottawa, Ontario. He led UVM freshmen with seven goals last year. He also had seven assists and played in all 39 games, amassing 22 penalty minutes.

The highlight of Pacan’s career was the game’s only goal, scored at 5:16 of the third period, in the second game of the Hockey East quarterfinal series at New Hampshire. UVM won the next night to eliminate the top-seeded Wildcats and move into the Hockey East semifinals and eventually into the NCAA tournament.

Asked how Pacan’s departure affects the Catamounts, Sneddon said, “Depth, and hey, he was one of our top young scorers. We already lost a lot of offense; we didn’t need to lose one more, but I’ve always been a firm believer that somebody will step up ... and fill a void.”

Pacan’s departure puts another crimp in UVM’s offensive game. The team’s top four scorers have graduated and Pacan was among the younger players expected to pick up the slack.

Pacan’s case is the second in which a top-scoring forward for the Catamounts has been dismissed from the team this year. Justin Milo, a junior forward, was dismissed in February in what Sneddon said was “the best interests of the team” and not a violation of team or school policy.

The Catamounts begin official practice Friday and face their first competition with an exhibition game Sunday against New Brunswick at Gutterson Fieldhouse at 4 p.m. UVM opens its regular season at home against Denver on Oct. 10-11.


Anonymous said...

Another one bites the dust...

Anonymous said...

Doesn't matter. DU sweeps.

msbdu said...

The Bad Boyz room is starting to fill up.

Anonymous said...

Oh, those crazy Canadians

vizoroo said...

When will the gossip begin?

Burlington, Vt, Home of Pacan-gate.

du78 said...

He has already signed with the Niagara Ice Dogs of the OHL.