Sophomore Jon Merrill has been suspended the first 12 games of the season by Michigan for a violation of team rules.
“Jon has an obligation to the team and he did not live up to those responsibilities,” Michigan head coach Red Berenson said in a statement. “He needs to be accountable to his teammates and this program both on the ice, around campus and in the community.”
Merrill had seven goals and 25 assists in 42 games last season. He isn’t eligible to return to the team until November 11.
This is the second team suspension Merrill has faced in his young career. In 2010, he was suspended alongside Matt Nieto and Kevin Clare in January of 2010 for violation of team rules while with the United States National Team Development Program.
The Brighton, MI. native was originally selected in the second round, 38th overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
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