Report: BU hockey player suspended for gambling, others may have been involved


From the Buffalo News:

A potential scandal involving Jack Eichel’s college team is developing in Boston.

A Boston University hockey player has been suspended as part of an NCAA gambling investigation, and a report says players from last year’s team were also involved in the betting. The Buffalo Sabres organization has three skaters who played for the 2014-15 Terriers: Eichel, Evan Rodrigues and Cason Hohmann.

College Hockey News reported today that junior forward Nick Roberto had been suspended by the team and will not play for the remainder of the season. It hasn’t been reported which other players were involved, or alleged to be involved.

Now, before anyone jumps to the conclusion that we have another Boston College points-shaving scandal here, there’s no evidence that this has anything to do with throwing games or betting on college hockey, or even betting on professional hockey.

From College Hockey News:

According to NCAA by-laws, a player who is found gambling on any sporting event, amateur or pro in any sport, via a “bookie” or the Internet, faces a minimum one-year suspension. Other gambling, even through legal means such as fantasy sports, are subject to a suspension of an undetermined length. For some of the players, the gambling activities incurred “large” debts, which eventually led to the situation coming to light.

That last line sure makes it sound like a few of the players may have gotten in over their heads with a bookie, but we’ll have to wait for more details to emerge before we can draw any conclusions.