5 UND hockey players charged for September partyGRAND FORKS — Five UND hockey players have been charged in Grand Forks District Court with “unlawful delivery to certain persons” for supplying alcohol at a team party in September.
By: Brad Schlossman , Forum News Service
Five UND hockey players have been charged in Grand Forks District Court with “unlawful delivery to certain persons” for supplying alcohol at a team party in September.
Captains Andrew MacWilliam, Danny Kristo, Carter Rowney and Corban Knight — all of whom were suspended for the first game of the season for the party — were charged along with senior Joe Gleason.
They have a pretrial conference scheduled for March 7.
“When we announced our disciplinary measures in September, we did so acknowledging that those measures would not preclude possible actions taken by the local and/or state authorities,” UND athletic director Brian Faison said. “We are aware of the ongoing legal process and will allow that process to play out.”
Three other players were suspended for the incident but were not charged. According to court documents, the players supplied alcohol for teammates under the age of 21 on September 15. The charge is a Class A misdemeanor.
UND handled its discipline for the issue by suspending seven players on opening weekend. In addition to the opening-weekend suspensions, UND also announced after the incident that the team would be placed on probation and would be required to attend alcohol awareness meetings.
Peter Welte, Grand Forks County state’s attorney, said the length of time between the incident and the filing of charges “seems a little bit longer” than usual, but his office was “waiting for the UND Police Department to complete its investigation and forward the appropriate paperwork.”