Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Jutzi off roster, out of school (updated)

Preseason workouts have begun for the Minnesota State men's hockey team, but they're taking place without junior defenseman Jon Jutzi.

Jutzi was removed from the roster on the MSU website last week, and coach Mike Hastings confirmed on Wednesday that he's off the roster and currently not enrolled at the college.

Hastings said he could not elaborate on the circumstances "because it is a student data privacy issue."

"He is currently off the roster and currently not enrolled in school," Hastings said. "I can't talk about anything other than that."

Reached later via a Twitter message, Jutzi said he's off for "Personal reasons that are going to be held between myself and my family. Every intention on returning to MSU after Christmas."

Hastings said that any future changes to the roster could be discussed if and when they occur.

Jutzi played in all 82 games over the last two seasons and had one goal and 14 assists in those games. Last season he ranked second on the team in blocked shots with 70 and was also plus-5, which ranked fifth on the team and third among defensemen.

The loss hurts the Mavericks' depth at the position, although there remain eight defensemen on the roster (six dress for games), including several regulars from last year: seniors Zach Palmquist and Brett Stern and sophomores Sean Flanagan, Carter Foguth and Casey Nelson.

Juniors Blake Thompson and Nick Buchanan also have experience, and freshman Jaden Schmeisser will be competing for a spots.

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