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Max Nicastro

Rape charges dropped against Red Wings draft pick


According to the Boston Herald, prosecutors have dropped rape charges against former Boston University player and Detroit Red Wings draft pick Max Nicastro.

Nicastro, taken in the third round (91st overall) in 2008, was arrested in February for allegedly raping a female student on campus. He later pled not guilty to two counts of rape; BU released a statement thereafter saying Nicastro was no longer enrolled at the school.

More, from the Herald:

“I’m just happy it’s done,” the Thousand Oaks, Calif., native said. “My friends and family have been with me the whole time.”

His attorney, Hugh Curran, said NiCastro maintained his innocence throughout the case, but noted “there are no winners” in difficult cases like these.

“I asked everybody to keep an open mind and let the experts do a thorough investigation,” Curran said in a brief interview outside the courthouse. “And that’s what they did. They spent four months, interviewed witnesses, examined all the evidence and declined to prosecute, which speaks volumes.”

The Nicastro incident came at a time when the Terriers hockey team was already under scrutiny. Previously, BU’s leading scorer — Corey Trivino, a second-round pick of the Islanders in 2008 — was arrested in December on numerous charges after he allegedly broke into a woman’s room at night.

Trivino plead not guilty to the charges, but was thrown off the team.

Tonight on NBCSN: BU-Vermont, North Dakota-Denver highlight doubleheader action

Jack Parker

University of Vermont vs. No. 5 Boston University

The last time we saw the University of Vermont, they were getting pasted on home ice by Boston College. Tonight, they’ll face off at home against BC’s main rival, No. 5 Boston University (7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN). For Vermont, their season hasn’t improved since that 6-1 beat down splitting a weekend series at New Hampshire.

For Boston University, hockey’s been the furthest thing from discussion for them of late. Defenseman and Red Wings prospect Max Nicastro was arrested and charged with allegedly raping a female student on campus and has since left school.

Meanwhile, BU has started a task force to look into the hockey program and coach Jack Parker (pictured) has to get his team focused on winning games. With the Terriers losing three of their last four games, including an overtime loss in the Beanpot Tournament final, BU isn’t sailing into the end of the season they way they hoped.

Fortunately for BU, Vermont has won just six games this season but four of those at home. Tim Thomas, Martin St. Louis, and Viktor Stalberg aren’t walking through that door this year for the Catamounts.

No. 9 Denver University vs. No. 14 North Dakota

source: Getty ImagesThe second game of the doubleheader (10:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN) features a WCHA throw down between No. 14 North Dakota at Magness Arena to take on No. 9 Denver. North Dakota arrives in Denver on a bit of a streak.

In their last seven games, the Fighting Sioux have gone 5-1-1 and have gotten solid seasons from Islanders prospect Brock Nelson (pictured) and Canadiens prospect Danny Kristo. Nelson’s 20 goals and Kristo’s 33 points give them a lot of offensive power to deal with. With those two Team USA World Junior stars, the Sioux have plenty of talent.They’ll need it with how iffy their goaltending has been this season.

When we last saw Denver a couple weeks ago, they were busy disposing of Minnesota and Panthers prospect Drew Shore has been a huge part of that. Shore’s 18 goals and 24 assists lead the way for the Pioneers while Wild prospect Jason Zucker follows close behind with 17 goals and 20 assists of his own. With the scoring ability Denver brings to the game, North Dakota will have their hands full in the altitude of Denver.

Back to Class: Jerry York’s milestone weekend

Jerry York

We’re taking you “Back To Class” for our roundup of the weekend’s action in college hockey. Look for more college hockey on NBCSN this Friday night for a doubleheader as Boston University takes on Vermont and North Dakota faces off with Denver. 

Boston College coach Jerry York has been at it for a long time in the college ranks and proved that by earning his 900th career victory on Friday night as the Eagles took down Merrimack 4-2. As the guys at BC Interruption shared, York’s legacy at Boston College is an impressive one.

Since becoming BC’s coach in 1994, York has led the team to 12 NCAA tournament berths, nine of those trips turned into Frozen Four appearances and winning the national championship three times. Throw in eight conference titles and you’ve got the kind of record that gets statues built for you on campus.

In a career that saw him start at Clarkson in the late 70s before moving on to Bowling Green where he helped the Falcons to the national title in 1984, York is forever one of the most respected coaches in all of hockey.

Elsewhere in college hockey:

It’s not all good news in Boston as Boston University junior defenseman, and Detroit Red Wings prospect, Max Nicastro was arrested for alleged sexual assault on Sunday. He’s been suspended indefinitely from the team. It’s BU’s second ugly incident this season involving its players. (Daily Free Press)

BU’s weekend on the ice was hot and cold as they demolished UMass-Lowell on Friday only to lose to them on Saturday. (USCHO)

There’s going to be an outdoor game in Nebraska featuring Nebraska-Omaha and North Dakota. Maybe we can get a “Field of Dreams” feel to it with all the corn fields in Nebraska. (OMavs.com)

With two weeks left until the conference tournaments start, you might want to start ignoring the voters polls and start really paying attention to the Pairwise rankings to see if your school is going to make the NCAA tournament. It’s the system the selection uses to pick out who goes to the big dance. Save the tinfoil and smokey rooms for the NCAA basketball tournament. (College Hockey News)