Michigan State suspended two hockey players after they attacked a Michigan skater during a game over the weekend.
Late in the Wolverines' 5-3 win Saturday night, Michigan
defenseman Steve Kampfer was hit into the boards by Andre Conboy
and Corey Tropp hit him in the neck area with his stick while
Kampfer was prone on the ice.
The teams' conference, the Central Collegiate Hockey
Association, said it was satisfied with the school's action.
"We feel that the measures taken by Michigan State are
appropriate and consistent with the parameters of the sanctions
that were being contemplated by the league," league commissioner
Tom Anastos said in a news release.
Game officials penalized Tropp a double disqualification and
Conboy received a double minor for roughing.
"What happened near the end of the game this weekend is not the
way in which we want our hockey program represented," Michigan
State coach Rick Comley said in a statement. "We cannot condone
their actions. We felt that we had to send a strong message that
this behavior will not be tolerated."
Kampfer was helped off the ice and later was on a hospital
gurney with a neck brace. His skull was fractured earlier this
season in an off-ice assault.
Kampfer said he expected to return for the Wolverines' next game
"Where I got hit with the stick was right on my neck, so it was
more for precautionary reasons for why I went to the hospital," he
said in an e-mail to The Associated Press. "They decided to check
out everything but everything came back negative. Right now it's
just a strained in the neck and that's all we're focused on."
Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis said he and Comley
agree what the Spartans players did "were spontaneous, emotional
actions carried out during a highly competitive game."
"But their actions were completely inappropriate and reflect
poorly on our program," Hollis added.
Michigan coach Red Berenson said, "I think it's in good hands.
The system will work. It's just a bad mistake."