Off Ice Actions And Consequences

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Off-ice actions and consequences

“Hockey players are like mules, they have no fear of punishment, no hope of reward.” – Emory Jones, former St. Louis Blues Arena Manager.

The above harsh quotation was made decades ago at a time when professional players were less educated, and the game had that Eddie Shore old-time hockey flavor to it.

But even today in the educated world of college hockey, the quote can occasionally apply. That’s the case of Corey Trivino, the Boston University senior center who has been kicked off the team and was arrested after he allegedly broke into a female student’s room, tried to kiss her, and groped her repeatedly after she had asked him and others in a group to abide by the dormitory’s mandatory quiet hours.

When BU police arrived, they found him intoxicated.

A member of BU’s Metropolitan College majoring in management studies, the Toronto native now sadly fits Jones’ description. He had no fear of punishment, and now no hope of reward. He was a second-round pick of the New York Islanders, and only several months away from turning pro.

University of Massachusetts coach Toot Cahoon had been through a similar situation like this back in 2001 with winger Brad Nizwantwoski of Peabody, who was kicked off the team and arrested. And in 2008, former Minuteman John Luszcz, who had transferred from Providence College to play here was arrested for drug trafficking after his college career had already ended. He had attended Ludlow High School, helped the New England Junior Coyotes to the Eastern Junior Hockey League title, and was majoring in sociology.

Cahoon said these off-ice problems aren’t due to a lack of supervision from the hockey program or the parents.

“It’s the maturity level of kids at this age,” he said. “All it takes is a lit bit of alcohol. The maturity level is such that they put themselves in situations they shouldn’t be in.”

Cahoon said that Trivino has pretty much washed away his opportunities.

“There may be someday, but they’ll be limited.”

BU coach Jack Parker told the Boston Herald that it wasn’t Trivino’s first problem with alcohol, and that he had warned the player that with one more incident, he was out. This was more than an incident.

Off-the-ice conduct is an ongoing subject with UMass hockey.

"No question, I talk to them about it all the time about actions and consequences,” Cahoon said. “Society speaks to the consequences, and society dictates.”

Trevino is no average hockey player. He was leading the Terriers with 13 goals scored. When the Minutemen blew a 3-0 lead earlier this season at Agganis Arena, it was Trivino who had scored the tying goal. He also had an assist. BU went on to win 5-4 in overtime. No Trivino, and the Minutemen are at .500 today, now there is no Trivino.

"This was a big-time recruit, he was recruited by UNH, by Michigan, and it took him some time to gradually grow into his role,” Cahoon said.

And what does a coach say to the other players on the team when something like this happens?

“Some things you can’t defend,” Cahoon said. “You can’t defend the indefensible. If it isn’t true, those facts will come out. You let the system take its course.”

Dick Baker

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