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Forum News Service, Published January 28 2013

Five UND hockey players charged for September party

GRAND FORKS - Five University of North Dakota hockey players have been charged with “unlawful delivery to certain persons” for their roles in connection with a team party in September.

Captains Andrew MacWilliam, Danny Kristo, Carter Rowney and Corban Knight — all of whom were suspended for the first game of the season for the incident — were charged along with senior Joe Gleason.

They have a pretrial conference scheduled for March 7.

“When we announced our disciplinary measures in September, we did so acknowledging that those measures would not preclude possible actions taken by the local and/or state authorities,” UND athletic director Brian Faison said. “We are aware of the ongoing legal process and will allow that process to play out.”

Three other players were suspended for the incident but were not charged.

UND handled its discipline for the issue by suspending seven players on opening weekend. In addition to the opening-weekend suspensions, UND also announced after the incident that the team would be placed on probation and would be required to attend alcohol awareness meetings.

UND said further violations could result in reduction of scholarship money, suspensions or expulsion from the program.