Press Box

August 23, 2005


MARQUETTE, Mich. â€Â“ The NCAA hasverbally informed the Northern Michigan University Athletic Department thatAndrew Contois, from the NMU hockey team,  will be granted another year ofeligibility.  He began his collegiate career at Lake Superior State University before transferring to NMU during his freshman year.  The NCAA counted histime at LSSU as a full season as he appeared in eight games with the Lakers.  Hehad played at NMU for two-and-a-half seasons.  Which, therefore exhausted hisfour years of eligibility. 


As part of his reinstatement he must sit one game during the2005-06 season.  â€ÂœWhen we first got word that Andrew would be ineligible weknew that we would go through the process to try to get him eligible,â€Â WaltKyle, head hockey coach at NMU, said.  â€ÂœPart of the process was to appeal tothe NCAA.â€ÂÃƒÃ‚‚  It was determined during a yearly review in the spring by thecompliance officer at NMU that Contois had used up his eligibility. 


Contois was 19-17-36 for the 2004-05 season.  He led theteam in goals and was second in points.  For his NMU career, Contois hasappeared in 94 games with 27 goals, 38 assists for 66 points.  â€ÂœA lot of work anddetail was done by people in the NMU Athletic Department to make this happen,â€ÂKyle added.  â€ÂœWe were hopeful and confident that the appeal would be granted. This will allow him to compete and graduate.â€Â


During the appeal process Kyle stated that he did not wantto comment at that time out of respect for the student-athlete. 





Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director