Hockey team dismisses player

Sophomore forward David Pacan has been dropped from the men’s hockey program for violation of the UVM Student-Athlete Code of Conduct, Assistant Director of Athletic Communications Chris Wojcik said. The announcement was made Tuesday, Sept. 28. Pacan was cut from the roster due to violation of the code, head coach Kevin Sneddon said on Tuesday. No details about the violation have been released. When contacted, Pacan himself had no comment on the disciplinary actions or the violations leading up to them. “Every student-athlete signs and is obligated to uphold the code of conduct. It is meant to guide us because we feel so strongly that athletes need to be model citizens,” Wojcik said. “I can’t talk specifically about what was violated, but I can say that we are very serious about enforcing the code and will continue to do so because it has served us well so far.” Pacan led UVM first-year students with seven goals last year. He also had seven assists and played in all 39 games last season, accumulating a total of 22 penalty minutes. “David was a sixth-round 2009 draft pick of the Chicago Black Hawks, and I believe he has every intention of continuing his hockey career,” Wojcik said. “Any time you have a student who has to leave for some reason or another, it’s disappointing for the student and their peers.” When asked how Pacan’s departure affects the Catamounts, Sneddon told the Burlington Free Press, “He was one of our top young scorers. We already lost a lot of offense; we didn’t need to lose one more, but I’ve always been a firm believer that somebody will step up … and fill a void.” Pacan is the second top-scoring forward for the Catamounts to be dismissed from the team this year. Justin Milo, a junior forward, was dismissed in February in what Sneddon told the Burlington Free Press, was “the best interests of the team” and not a violation of team or school policy.