Hockey Coach Puts Academics First, Gets Suspended

Pretty great message being sent when a hockey coach elects to have his team skip a tournament's opening ceremony to study for exams, only to be suspended for a year as a result. Because the opening ceremony is so important and all.

Head coach Brian Cranford, who is now out of action for a year, had the following to say:

"We had a good reason for not going," Cranford told CBC News. "We're right in the middle of university exams."

Cranford - who actually received an award from Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador last year - says it was hard enough getting his players out for the games, never mind the opening ceremonies.

But hey, student-athletes! Might as well just drop the student part at this point, if this is how it's going to be.

Cranford lost an initial appeal and now plans to sue in an effort to have the suspension overturned.

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