November 1, 2011 - 2:28pm
BY STEPHEN J. NESBITT
Exactly a month after Michigan coach Red Berenson announced the 12-game suspension of sophomore defenseman Jon Merrill for violating team rules, the Michigan hockey team released a statement announcing the semi-reinstatement of Merrill.
“Jon has been reinstated to participate in team activities beginning today,” Berenson said in a team release. “He will resume practice with the team, but remains suspended from game action indefinitely.”
Although he can practice, the reinstatement seems to be merely a first step in Merrill earning his spot back. Under the 12-game suspension, he would have been ready to play against Miami (Ohio) on Nov. 11-12.
“Jon has an obligation to the team and he did not live up to those responsibilities,” Berenson said in an Oct. 1 release. “He needs to be accountable to his teammates and this program both on the ice, around campus and in the community.”
Merrill started 42 games in 2010-11, leading all Wolverine freshmen with seven goals and 18 assists. He was named to the Inside College Hockey All-Freshman Team and won conference recognition, being named to the All-CCHA second team and CCHA All-Rookie team.