BUFFALO, N.Y. – The NCAA has barred the Buffalo State and Geneseo college men’s hockey teams from the playoffs this season for violating financial aid rules to bolster their rosters with Canadian-born players.
The NCAA Division III committee on infractions ruled last week that both schools used a grant program, intended to increase enrolment of Canadian students, almost exclusively on athletes.
Of the 21 grants awarded to Canadians by Geneseo in 2007-08, 19 went to men’s hockey players.
At Buffalo State, 32 of the 33 grants awarded to Canadians went to athletes during a two-year span.
Buffalo State’s women’s hockey team is also barred from the playoffs this season because it has athletes who received Canadian incentive grants.