Monday, December 21, 2015

NCAA suspends Roberto amid gambling investigation

Rumors that have recently surrounded the Terrier hockey program came to fruition when it was revealed that junior forward Nick Roberto, who has yet to play a game this season, has been suspended for the season by the NCAA.

Although Federal privacy laws prevent BU from commenting further on Roberto, the university’s statement indicates that it had become aware that a student-athlete had gambled on games (not college or pro hockey) the previous season, had investigated the matter and turned its findings over to the NCAA, which “took remedial action.”

Roberto remains a member of the team and reportedly is eligible to play next season. The suspension is a second hit to the BU roster in a week after sophomore wing AJ Greer left school to play junior hockey in the QMJHL. The Terriers bolstered the roster on Sunday gaining a commitment for the second semester from Lone Star Brahmas (NAHL) right wing Oskar Andren

Roberto has scored 11 goals and 19 assists in two seasons.

● College Hockey News report
● SB Nation report
● USCHO report

Looking ahead
2017 recruit Patrick Harper won the Most Valuable Player Award at this past weekend’s Avon Old Farms Christmas Classic, leading the Winged Beavers to a 4-0 tournament record.  He has a 9-10-19 scoring line in eight games.

2016 recruit Dante Fabbro and his Canada West teammates won the gold medal at the World Junior A Challenge, defeating Russia, 2-1, in the final. The 6’1” right-shot defenseman, who is projected to be a first-round pick in the June NHL Entry draft, registered three assists in four games and was an assistant captain for Canada West.

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