A potential scandal involving Jack Eichel’s college team is developing in Boston.
A Boston University hockey player has been suspended as part of an NCAA gambling investigation, and a report says players from last year’s team were also involved in the betting. The Buffalo Sabres organization has three skaters who played for the 2014-15 Terriers: Eichel, Evan Rodrigues and Cason Hohmann.
Boston University junior Nick Roberto will not play for the team this season, with CollegeHockeyNews.com reporting Monday that he violated the NCAA’s policy against legal and illegal gambling. The report says other Terriers who are no longer with the program were involved.
UPDATE: "The only investigation that took place was focused on Roberto," Assistant Athletic Director Brian Kelley told The News in an email. "Any involvement of Eichel or other former players is speculation at this point."
“Beyond confirming that Mr. Roberto will not play for the Boston University hockey team this season, federal privacy laws prevent us from discussing his status,” the school said in a statement. "However, we can say that several months ago, we heard rumors that a BU hockey player had engaged in gambling. Although the rumors did not involve gambling on either college or professional hockey games, we nonetheless immediately conducted a thorough investigation and turned the results over to the appropriate authorities at the NCAA.
“Based on that investigation, the NCAA made its own findings and took remedial action, and we would refer you to that organization for further information.”
The NCAA declined to comment when reached by The Buffalo News. The Sabres are aware of the report.
Nine players from last year’s Boston University team are no longer with the program, with 33 percent under contract with Buffalo. Eichel plays for the Sabres. Rodrigues plays for the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League. Hohmann plays for the Sabres’ ECHL affiliate in Elmira.