MacMurchy will appeal

Badger forward suspended Wednesday morning after weekend altercation

Ryan MacMurchy will appeal his suspension under the Student-Athlete Discipline Policy, according to University of Wisconsin men's hockey associate head coach Troy Ward.

MacMurchy, 21, was cited for misdemeanor battery for his alleged role in a fight at the Kollege Klub, a downtown Madison bar, early Sunday morning. MacMurchy was suspended indefinitely under the terms of the university's Student-Athlete Discipline Policy. The policy establishes automatic suspensions for certain violations of the law, including those involving violence.

"He feels very strongly for his case that he is going to appeal this," Ward said. "So he is going to set up the appeal of next week and meet in front of the board that is the appeals committee and tell his side of the story. And then that group will forge forward with a decision.

"He feels confident about (the appeal). And we support him."

MacMurchy, Wisconsin's second leading scorer with 28 points last season, 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 spent no time in jail.

Wisconsin resumed informal preseason workouts this week. During the suspension, MacMurchy cannot take the ice if a Badger coach is present instructing players, but can participate if a players-only workout is taking place.

Wisconsin officially begins hockey practice Oct. 2.

This is not MacMurchy's first run in with the law since arriving on campus. In May, he 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 His license was revoked for six months and he paid a fine.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 terms of the Student-Athlete Discipline Policy.

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