MEN’S HOCKEY: Bourbonais off hockey team

Yale forward Clinton Bourbonais ’14 is no longer a member of the men’s hockey team, according to the University. Associate Athletics Director Sports Publicity Steve Conn said that the University was unwilling to comment further on the situation.

“All I can tell you is that he is no longer a member of the team,” Conn said. “That’s all I can say.”

Calls to Bourbonais and head coach Keith Allain ’80 were not answered.

Before committing to Yale, Bourbonais was a three-sport star in Dexter, Mich. In 2008-09, he scored the game-winning goal for the St. Louis Bandits of the North American Hockey League in double overtime to win the national junior championship.

Bourbonais was named to last year’s Frozen Four All-Tournament team. In the national championship game, he scored with 3.5 seconds remaining in the second period to break a scoreless tie against Quinnipiac in the 4–0 victory. In the third period, he recorded an assist as well.

He also finished in sixth place on the team in points in each of the last two seasons, contributing four goals and 13 assists last year and seven goals and 14 assists the year before.

“He was a good guy, a good player,” goaltender Patrick Spano ’17 said. “He will be missed.”

Though Bourbonais skated in the exhibition game against Ontario Tech, scoring a goal and notching an assist, he played in just one regular season game this year. His return to the ice in the 3–3 tie against Quinnipiac came after missing the first five games with an injury.

With Bourbonais no longer on the roster, just three seniors remain with the team: defenseman Gus Young ’14, forward Kenny Agostino ’14 and fellow forward and team captain Jesse Root ’14. Bourbonais has seen action in 86 games throughout his Yale career, which is more game experience than all members of the team but Agostino and Root.

“[The situation] is really within the team,” Root said. “I can’t really comment on anything.”

Bourbonais is a biomedical engineering major in Timothy Dwight College.

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