MacMurchy suspended for role in fight

Junior forward suspended indefinitely for violation of student-athlete discipline policy

Junior forward Ryan MacMurchy has been suspended indefinitely from the men's hockey team for violating Wisconsin's Student-Athlete Discipline Policy Sept. 5.

According to the Associated Press, MacMurchy was cited with misdemeanor battery for his role in a fight at a campus bar. MacMurchy allegedly got into a fight with Chris J. Chelios, the 30-year-old cousin of NHL and former Badger star Chris Chelios. Chris J. Chelios was charged with substantial battery and released from jail later that day. MacMurchy did not spend any time in jail.

The Student-Athlete Discipline Policy established that any athlete that has been convicted of, or has been charged with, a violation of local, state or federal law related to drugs, gambling or violence, or has committed any felony, will be automatically suspended.

MacMurchy, 21, who is suspended from practice and games, must decide whether or not to appeal the decision. If he decides not to appeal, he will be suspended from competition until any charges have been addressed by the legal system and any university or departmental disciplinary processes.

This is not MacMurchy's first run-in with the law while a student at Wisconsin. In May, MacMurchy pled no contest to a drunk driving charge stemming from a Nov. 16, 2003 incident. His license was revoked for six months and he paid a fine. Two other charges were dropped as a result of the plea bargain.

He was not suspended from any game action last season. Alcohol violations are not punishable under the Student-Athlete Discipline Policy.

MacMurchy was Wisconsin's second-leading scorer last year with 28 points (15 goals, 13 assists).

Wisconsin officially begins hockey practice Oct. 2.

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