Thursday, January 22, 2009

School of Hard Knocks

Joe Charlebois has been ruled academically ineligible for the remainder of the year.

The senior, Co-Captain best known for his defensive play, crushing hits and being awarded the 2007-2008 Old Time Hockey Best Defensive Defenseman award has likely played his last game in the Blue and White.

Commenter, UNHBulls (for those who don't know, the University of New Hampshire mascot was once the Bull - idea: throwback jersey?), linked to a very fitting article on the situation from Seacoast Online's, Mike Zhe. The piece concludes with this quote from Coach Umile.
"It’s a difficult life lesson.”
It most certainly is.

These Division I student-athletes take up some of the most demanding schedules of studies, practices, games and workouts, and, on top of it all many of them work part-time jobs to make ends meet.

But, in everyone's life there is a time, a point, where you don't make the grade - things don't work out for you. For Joe, this is that time. The consequences were steep and stinging, though fair.

It is my hope that this setback will only serve to make him stronger like only the bitter taste of disappointment can. And I personally hope that he will commit himself to completing his degree someday in the face of this adversity. Charlebois continues to practice with the team though ineligible to play, according to the article.

Joe finishes his season with as many points as he garnered last season, only in half as many games. Playing incredibly to make up for early season struggles on the ice, he recovered his plus-minus rating to a plus-one by assisting on the game-winner in Maine just three weeks ago. His totals as a Wildcat stand at 127 games, three goals, twenty-four assists, compiling a cumulative rating of +42 over three and a half seasons.

Named Co-Captain of this year's squad after three years of hard work that led to him being awarded Old Time Hockey's Hockey East Best Defensive Defenseman award last season, Charelbois was consistently atop the leaderboard for the team in plus-minus - a stat used to evaluate defensive play. He is the Chicago Blackhawks' sixth round, 188th overall, pick from the 2005 NHL Draft.

Joe, thank you for your commitment and hard work all these years. Wildcat Nation wishes you nothing but the best.

Go 'Cats!


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