Conboy withdraws from MSU following season-ending suspension

After being suspended for the duration of the MSU hockey season, freshman forward Andrew Conboy has withdrawn from MSU.

MSU head coach Rick Comley said he wasn’t surprised with Conboy’s decision to leave the university after Comley kicked both he and MSU sophomore Corey Tropp off the team Monday night.

Comley said he doesn’t know if Tropp will follow Conboy’s path or if he will continue his studies at the university.

Tropp’s future with the team is up in the air, but Comley said he “would be willing to sit down with (Tropp) in the spring and discuss his status further.”

The two season-ending suspensions came as a result of the actions that took place Saturday night when the Spartans lost to the Wolverines 5-3 at Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor.

With less than a minute remaining in the game both players attacked U-M’s Steve Kampfer — with Conboy punching and tackling Kampfer to the ice and Tropp coming in a moment later and slashing him in the neck while he was down.

“It’s a tough decision but the right decision,” Comley said Tuesday during his weekly press conference.

“I think the action that took place in the heat of the battle was inappropriate and something you don’t condone. I don’t think the kids are bad kids. I don’t think it was premeditated but I think they obviously made bad decisions at a critical time in the game and I think it reflected badly on the program and a young man was injured because of it. I felt it was serious enough that it was action I had to take.”

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