Niagara Gazette — Staff reports
An 0-2 start and a fall from national rankings are the least of the Niagara University hockey program’s worries.
Senior forward Ryan Murphy, the Purple Eagles’ leading scorer last season and top returning forward, was suspended effective Monday for “violations of the Niagara University student code of conduct and the athletic code of conduct,” according to a school representative. Murphy will be eligible to return to the team for the second half of its schedule, beginning Jan. 13, 2014.
Murphy was arrested for driving while intoxicated and other traffic violations stemming from a two-car accident Sept. 29 on Lewiston Hill, according to a report in The Buffalo News. He refused both breath and blood tests and was taken to ECMC to be evaluated.
Arraignment for the arrest is set for tonight in Lewiston Town Court.
Murphy led Niagara with 36 points in 36 games in 2012-13 and was second in goals with 15. He sat out the Purple Eagles’ first two games of this season — a pair of losses to Clarkson on Friday and Saturday — due to what head coach Dave Burkholder called “personal reasons.”
Representatives from the school said the expectation is for Murphy to continue attending classes and rejoin the team in January.