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Monday, December 04, 2006

Michael George leaves LSSU to play for UHL Fort Wayne Komets

SAULT STE. MARIE – Freshman forward Michael George of Battleford, Sask., has left Lake Superior State University and has signed to play professionally for the Fort Wayne Komets of the United Hockey League.

George, a talented 6-1, 195-pounder, was denied eligibility by the NCAA. LSSU hockey coach Jim Roque was disappointed to lose a recruited player, but understands George’s pursuit of an opportunity to play immediately.

“He wants to play, and I understand that,” Roque said. “I’m disappointed that we lost a really good player. I do know that Michael and his family can’t leave here saying that Kris (Dunbar, director of athletics) and Tom (Boger, faculty athletics representative) didn’t do everything they could to help him through this process.”

In George’s case, the NCAA questioned the protocol his high school followed in regard to repeating classes. The NCAA has strict guidelines for that process.

The departure of George, who was the fourth-leading scorer in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League last season, leaves the Lakers with only one extra forward on its roster.

Comments on "Michael George leaves LSSU to play for UHL Fort Wayne Komets"


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:04 PM) : 

I've watched Michael George play in Battlefords in the SJHL for 3 years and all i can say is LSSU loses a VERY talented player. And I wish him the best of luck in the UHL.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:24 PM) : 

Don't worry, I also watched Georgy boy play for a few seasons. He is talented, but a talented floater and isn't a real big team player.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:41 AM) : 

I'm more concerned about a high school graduating students who repeat classes to be able to graduate. Was it Wood Shop for 6 hours a day for 4 years??


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