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Stephen J. Lee and Brad Schlossman / Forum News Service, Published December 09 2013

UND men's hockey suspends forward Chyzyk after theft charge

GRAND FORKS – University of North Dakota men’s hockey sophomore forward Bryn Chyzyk, facing a charge for allegedly running out on a cab fare estimated at $4, has been suspended indefinitely from the team.

Chyzyk, 21, pleaded not guilty Monday to theft of less than $250 in Grand Forks Municipal Court.

UND head coach Dave Hakstol announced the suspension Monday afternoon, saying that there will be no chance for reinstatement until at least January.

Hakstol also said there would be no further comment.

Chyzyk was arrested at 1:41 a.m. Monday at the Valley Dairy store at 1220 University Ave. on a report of “larceny theft,” according to the police log, for running out on a taxi bill.

“It was from downtown to the Valley Dairy, probably about four bucks,” said Mike Swehle, owner of S&S Taxi, who said one of his drivers was victimized by Chyzyk. “He ran into the Valley Dairy.”

Chyzyk was booked into the county jail about 2:10 a.m. on a city charge of theft of services of under $250.

He appeared Monday in municipal court and was released pending his next appearance, which would be a bench trial before a city judge on Feb. 19.

A year ago, Chyzyk was one of three freshman players cited for underage drinking at a team party. He was cited again for being a minor in possession of alcohol in April after the hockey season. At that time, Hakstol said that one of the punishments would be the removal of scholarship money and other internal actions.

Chyzyk has played in 13 of 16 games this season, registering two goals and four points.

UND will take on Northern Michigan in Ralph Engelstad Arena this weekend – its final series before the holiday break.