December 13, 2004
Canisius Suspends Player Following Arrest

Canisius continues to face challenges, as just days after the dismissal of head coach Brian Cavanaugh the school has suspended junior forward Dan Bognar indefinitely.

The suspension comes on the heels of Bognar's apparent arrest early Sunday morning. Monday's Buffalo News reported that Bognar was accused of exposing himself at Jim's Steak-Out, a Buffalo take-out restaurant. The newspaper also said that Bognar punched a police officer in the face, according to the police report, before he was forcibly subdued and handcuffed. He was charged with felony assault, obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

Athletic director Tim Dillon announced the suspension in a press release Monday afternoon, citing Bognar for "violating team rules."

Bognar, a 6-foot-4, 224-pound junior from Guelph, Ontario, has played in 30 career contests and registered three goals and eight assists for 11 points. He has tallied one goal and three assists in nine games this season. He played in both Canisius games this weekend: Friday night's win at Mercyhurst and Saturday's tie against the Lakers back in Buffalo.

The three points against Mercyhurst lifted Canisius to a 7-2-1 record in Atlantic Hockey (8-7-2 overall) headed into this weekend's series at North Dakota. Cavanaugh was fired on Friday, as Dillon cited "irreconcilable differences" between the coach and team members.

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