ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan head ice hockey coach Red Berenson announced Saturday (Oct. 1) that sophomore defenseman Jon Merrill (Brighton, Mich.) has been suspended for the first 12 games of the season due to a violation of team rules.
"Jon has an obligation to the team and he did not live up to those responsibilities," said Berenson. "He needs to be accountable to his teammates and this program both on the ice, around campus and in the community."
He posted 25 points (seven goals, 18 assists) as a freshman in 2010-11, the fourth-best point total for a freshman defenseman in school history. He was named to the All-U.S. College Hockey Online second team and the Inside College Hockey All-Freshman Team. Merrill received conference recognition, earning All-CCHA second team and CCHA All-Rookie team honors.
Merrill will be eligible to return to the team at Miami (Ohio) on Friday, Nov. 11.
(Nathan can be reached at email@example.com)