March 6, 2005
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State sophomore defenseman A.J. Thelen (Savage, Minn.) has been dismissed from the hockey team, MSU head coach Rick Comley announced Sunday (March 6). Thelen's scholarship will still be honored as long as he remains in school and is academically eligible.
"A.J. did not meet the expectations for a student-athlete in the ice hockey program at MSU," said Comley. "It was in the program's best interest to dismiss him from the team immediately. Despite parting at this time, I certainly wish A.J. well in his hockey career."
Thelen appeared in 33 games this season, posting 11 assists to rank second among the blueliners in scoring. In 74 career games, he totaled 11 goals and 29 assists for 40 points and 98 penalty minutes.