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Sioux's Hakstol suspended for actions

University of North Dakota co-acting athletic directors Betty Ralston and Steve Brekke announced Monday that hockey coach Dave Hakstol has been suspended for two games for his actions Saturday in a road game against Minnesota.

University of North Dakota co-acting athletic directors Betty Ralston and Steve Brekke announced Monday that hockey coach Dave Hakstol has been suspended for two games for his actions Saturday in a road game against Minnesota.

The incident

During Saturday's 1-1 tie at Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis, Hakstol gave an obscene hand gesture to referee Don Adam. Foul language also was involved. Hakstol had called Adam after the game to apologize and made a public apology Sunday through the school.

University's response

Ralston said the disciplinary action was determined by the school and independent of any decision or action by the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.

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North Dakota President Charles E. Kupchella said in a statement, "Obviously we were disappointed by the grossly inappropriate actions of Dave Hakstol. There is simply no excuse for such displays, anywhere, anytime, under any circumstances."

WCHA's response

"We appreciate the rapid response and action taken by the University of North Dakota and we are in complete agreement with that decision," Bill Hudson, faculty representative from St. Cloud State and chairman of the WCHA, said in a statement.

Out for Denver series

Hakstol's suspension will be served Feb. 15-16 in a home series against Denver. The Fighting Sioux are ranked No. 5 in the U.S. College Hockey Online poll.

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