This Thursday update from the Grand Forks Herald on North Dakota forward Matt Frattin, who is no longer on the team. The Fighting Sioux will look to bring in a player before school opens Monday to replace Frattin:
Forward Matt Frattin is no longer with the North Dakota men’s hockey team following an arrest for driving under the influence early Wednesday morning.
It is the second run-in this summer for Frattin, who pleaded guilty to a disorderly conduct charge earlier this month.
Frattin, who would have been a junior, was fined, suspended two games, had scholarship money reduced and was ordered to counseling for the first incident.
On early Wednesday morning, he was stopped by a campus police officer on North Columbia Road for speeding, UND police captain Don Rasmuson said. The officer smelled alcohol and a subsequent test put Frattin’s blood-alcohol level at .12 percent, Rasmuson said. The legal limit is .08 percent.
“We’re reacting on two different levels,” coach Dave Hakstol said. “We’re doing what we feel is best and right for our program, that’s one level. We’re also trying to act with good care and concern for Matt and what he needs to do from here on in.
“We’d like to put him in position to be able to live a healthy lifestyle and resume his hockey career.”
Frattin, an Edmonton, Alberta, native and draft pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs, was the third-leading goal scorer on the team last season. His 25 points ranked seventh.
Hakstol said it’s too early in the process to determine what’s in Frattin’s future, but he said there’s a possibility that Frattin could return to the Sioux in 2010-11 if circumstances are right.
“I hope that’s the case,” Hakstol said.