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GRAND FORKS, N.D. – University of North Dakota co-acting athletic directors Betty Ralston and Steve Brekke announced today that UND head men’s hockey coach Dave Hakstol has been suspended for its next two games for his actions during a men’s hockey game Saturday at the University of Minnesota.

Ralston said the disciplinary action was determined by the University of North Dakota and was made independent of any decision or action by the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.

“We hold all University of North Dakota coaches and student-athletes to the highest standards of sportsmanship, conduct and ethical behavior,” Ralston said. “We expect our coaches to keep themselves and their teams in control at all times. Profane language and poor behavior on the part of our coaches and student-athletes is unacceptable.”

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Good for UND. Hakstol definitely had this coming.

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no surprise there, though I wonder if Maturi will hold ol' Donnie to the same standard (I don't recall seeing a closeup of his profanities on Saturday's games though).

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2 games sounds about right.

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 Originally Posted By: DEADhead
no surprise there, though I wonder if Maturi will hold ol' Donnie to the same standard (I don't recall seeing a closeup of his profanities on Saturday's games though).

If the WCHA, ECHL or any league started suspending coaches for verbal cursing from the bench you won't have any coaches left. I think the big difference between Lucia and Hackstol is the gesture by Hakstol left no question in anyones mind, whether you were behind the bench, on the ice, at home on the couch or in the rafters. Having to read lips to know they cursed is a different animal and a very common thing in all sporting events.

UND did do this on their own but only after an ultimatum that the WCHA commish would step in if they did not dole out the appropriate penalty.

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Him and Eades probably have that gesture as part of their practices...

Please edit the photo. Thanks.

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 Originally Posted By: PierBridge
2 games sounds about right for HaksTOOL

I like how rodent fans have nothing to quip about other than this after losing 3 out of 4 pts to the Sioux. I agree that what Hak did was unacceptable and he got a reasonable punishment, but calling the guy classless is going a bit far. He got caught up in the emotions of a game and is paying the price, but let

s not forget this is a coach who has done tons of great things outside of the hockey rink including sending his players to help with cleanup after the tornado in Northwood, ND.

All this talk that he disrespected the game of college hockey and what not is a bunch of overblown nonsense by a bunch of bitter rodent fans, I mean it wasn't like he paid someone to write papers and complete their homework for them. whistle.gif

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Was the tornado clean-up part of how he handled the underage drinking?

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So you want to let him off the hook because he did some nice things also?

I don't know the guy so I can't tell you if he is classless or not. I can tell you that it was a classless act and no excuses should be made.

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 Originally Posted By: Team Otter
Was the tornado clean-up part of how he handled the underage drinking?

So, lets see:

Lucia dropping "vocal" numerous f'bombs = acceptable

Hakstol using the gesture = unacceptable

Too bad FSN doesn't release the audio of the Goof's bench.

I don't condone what Hakstol did at all, but the almighty Gopher fans shouldn't be tossing stones. BTW, I wouldn't say the UMtc program has been the "classiest" program over the past decade . . . Barney's, riots . . .

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I'm not upset a bit about Hakstol being out for a couple of games. I've always thought that Eades would be a better head coach for the Sioux.

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 Originally Posted By: Team Otter
Was the tornado clean-up part of how he handled the underage drinking?

I purposely left out any reference to underage drinking because

A.) I remember being in college and what I did underage and I think there are others here in the same boat.

B.) We all know that the rodents had their own little incident at Blarneys not to long ago. If we want to talk about putting a black eye on your university I think having the local news channel broadcast your underage hockey players drinking at a bar does a pretty good job.

Since you brought it up though, let's put all the facts out there and leave it as college kids doing as college kids do.

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 Originally Posted By: fishyguy

If the WCHA, ECHL or any league started suspending coaches for verbal cursing from the bench you won't have any coaches left. I think the big difference between Lucia and Hackstol is the gesture by Hakstol left no question in anyones mind, whether you were behind the bench, on the ice, at home on the couch or in the rafters. Having to read lips to know they cursed is a different animal and a very common thing in all sporting events.

I have to agree. If they started suspending everyone for the verbal stuff there wouldn't be too many players/coaches left to play the games. Hakstol's "gesture" left no doubt.

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shorelunch, just wait until your squad from da' nort up dere, joins a respectful league. then you'll be part of the verbal bashing as well, out of fun of course.

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[quote name='Shorelunch

Lucia dropping "vocal" numerous f'bombs = acceptable

Hakstol using the gesture = unacceptable

Too bad FSN doesn't release the audio of the Goof's bench.

I don't condone what Hakstol did at all' date=' but the almighty Gopher fans shouldn't be tossing stones. BTW, I wouldn't say the UMtc program has been the "classiest" program over the past decade . . . Barney's, riots . . . [/quote']

If Lucia was the only coach to have his lips read on TV you might have a point. If he held a sign up above his head that said, "You (F Bomb) suck", you might have a point. Like I said before, you did not need to hear, or be close to understand what Hakstol was saying. You could have seen it from the rafters.

You can discuss the underage drinking and the vandalism after the National Championship if you would like but I thought this was about Hakstol's suspension. If you really believe, the Sioux is the program to follow or be like, you would talk about how you are above this kind of stuff and not excuse it, not how everyone else has their issues also.

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Notice the Siouxige fans say nothing of the DIRTY cross check on Anderson.

Hackstall, what a disgrace to a great hockey program.

They should bring back Blais. Now thats class

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 Originally Posted By: fishyguy
So you want to let him off the hook because he did some nice things also?

I don't know the guy so I can't tell you if he is classless or not. I can tell you that it was a classless act and no excuses should be made.

Did I say I wanted to let him off the hook? No, I said he was wrong and got punish justly. Hakstol made a mistake, he apologized, he is taking his punishment and will move on and learn from it hopefully. But let's not characterize a guys entire career on one gesture. It's amazing how one bad thing a person does gets vilified more than all of the good they do.

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 Originally Posted By: backstrap
I'm not upset a bit about Hakstol being out for a couple of games. I've always thought that Eades would be a better head coach for the Sioux.

Just for the Record Hakstol was a bit of chop himself on the ice.

I agree on Eades and maybe he'll get the job especially if the Sue don't crank it up and win the title SOON.

How many more years can you give him to win a title in the hollowed pastures of Dakota land?....LOL.

I'm sure Woog would have received 2 games instead of 1 game if there was a picture of Woog plastered all over the INTERNET like the one currently circulating with your boy Hakstol... grin.gif

PM for a copy of that one.... ;\)

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Just for the record....Nobody here has called Hakstol our "Boy" nor do we support what he did. You and the other bitter whiners should all get together and have one big Gopher group hug and get over last weekend and this season for that matter.

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I was over the Gophers season before it started a rocket science course wasn't needed to determine the Gophers were going nowhere this year.

I predicted in these forums that the Gophers would not Finnish in the top 4 of the conference and an NCCA bid for the Gophers was a pipe dream......So I don't need a hug!

Actually it seems a few of the ND posters are the ones whining and taking this a little to seriusly.....get over it the Gophers have more recent NCAA's titles "2" and Conference championships then the Sue.

Deal with it!.... grin.gif

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But, lets not forget the Sioux have 2 titles since 1997, and last time I checked 7 is a bigger number than 5. So however you wish to spin the numbers to make the gophers look good is your issue we still have more total than you do. But let's not dwell on the past lets dwell on the present \:\) How about them Gophers?

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Ho boy. Now we're on to "recent" titles. Face it, that big M stands for mediocrity. Now I've got to admit, I was a bit busy with the fishing and didn't really scrutinize the play on Sat. Going by what I hear from Jeff Dubay's "unbiased" analysis, the Sioux threw in some pretty bad cheap shots at the end. If so, hopefully they get the proper punishment. I will say that historically the Sioux haven't had a cheap and run policy like some of their big rivals but more an in your face bashing. None of us know what was being said on the ice and most of us were not seeing the action behind the play. Knew quite a few of the players during my stint at UND and was pretty interesting to hear stories of what was actually transpiring on the ice. Many times it had nothing to do with the game. Often something from a summer league or even something in their hometowns. I personnally liked seeing the intensity that the rivalry seemed to gain over the weekend. Been pretty tame the past few years.

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The Sioux fans, some of which are from and live in the great state of Minnesota, don't whine one bit. We simply state facts and support our team when too many whining gopher lovers bash them. Bryce, I will assume that your sweet Fighting Sioux flag is still flying! Go Sioux!

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Putting all of the banter aside as to who is better, tougher and so on I have a note on Dave Hakstol and UND AD Ralston. Take it as you may but this is what transpired and as a side note I am a die hard Gopher Hockey fan.

I emailed both the AD and Hakstol on the night of the gesture as I have a 4 year old that is VERY into hockey and was watching. He can tell you the events of the game for several days after they occur so my main concern was does he now think that is what you do if you don't like the refs call? I expressed to both of them that I was very disappointed that my son had to see this and again noted that kids are watching and learning how to play the game and also how to handle yourself. Both Coach Hakstol and AD Ralston took the time and responded to my email with an apology in return. I appreciate that, even as a Gopher fan, as we all make mistakes and it appears he has taken responsibility for his.

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Fire The Hack!!!! Fire The Hack!!!

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Nice jersey

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