BU head coach Jack Parker announced Tuesday that rising junior Vinny Saponari and his brother, rising senior Victor, have been dismissed from the Terriers, while Vinny’s classmate, Corey Trivino, will be suspended for multiple games to start the 2010-11 season.
“Over a period of time, there have been cumulative instances in which Victor and Vinny Saponari have displayed conduct unbecoming of a Boston University hockey player,” Parker said. “In a related issue, Trivino will be suspended for the early part of next season.”
The Daily Free Press, BU’s student newspaper, reported on Monday that the punishment, according to unamed sources, is in connection with an alcohol-related incident that occurred less than 48 hours before BU’s 5-2 loss to Maine in the Hockey East seminfinals.
While the loss of Victor (two assists over 14 career games) is insignificant, the loss of Vinny will deal a blow to the Terrier offense. Vinny tallied 20 goals and 27 assists over 82 career games, and was likely to be on one of the top two lines next season.
Trivino will enter his junior year having notched 10 goals and 18 assists in 60 career games. The forward missed the last 10 games of the 2009-10 season with a fractured right fibula and will miss a number of games to start next season, a total that will likely surface as the beginning of the season draws near.
Vinny was a fourth-round pick of the Atlanta Thrashers in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, and will likely try and sign with the Thrashers organization in the near future, given his current situation.
With the loss of Saponari and Trivino, the opening-night lineup for the Terriers will, if things stand as is, feature just two players from the 2009 Frozen Four starting lineup.