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College hockey: Gophers suspend incoming freshman

University of Minnesota men's hockey coach Don Lucia has indefinitely suspended an incoming freshman player for a "violation of team rules," the Gophers athletic department announced Sunday.

University of Minnesota men's hockey coach Don Lucia has indefinitely suspended an incoming freshman player for a "violation of team rules," the Gophers athletic department announced Sunday.

School officials did not disclose any information about the reason for the suspension of Gabe Guertler, a forward from Plantation, Fla. However, the Hennepin County website showed that Guertler was booked on a preliminary charge of fourth-degree driving while impaired early Saturday morning. He was released from jail and his first court hearing is scheduled for Oct. 11.

"While we are still gathering information at this time, we take this matter seriously and feel a suspension is warranted," Lucia said in a news release. "We will continue to monitor the situation and will handle the matter internally."

The suspension will be re-evaluated in November, the athletic department said.

Guertler was set to join the Gophers this season after spending last season with the Fargo Force of the United States Hockey League.

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