More and more details are emerging about the violation that caused Kevin Quick to be booted from the Michigan hockey team. Both the St. Pete Times and the Buffalo News have the story today that he stole a credit card and charged thousands of dollars to it. Errr....allegedly.
Add this information to the fact that a guy like Mitera said that their friendship won't continue because of the situation, Red's comment that he completely violated the trust of the team, and that he's been de-friended by most of the hockey team on Facebook (isn't that the ultimate eff you by the way?) and it's not all that hard to figure out what happened.
By all accounts, he's a good kid. Someone from Boltprospects, I believe, said that out of every prospect in the organization this was the last kid they expected to have a problem like this. Sometimes people do stupid things. And then sometimes people do really, really stupid things. There might have to be a new category created for this action.
I really don't understand how someone could be that stupid, or how he thought he could ever get away with it. But he's paid the price with his right to attend the University of Michigan and play on the hockey team. He's going to have a legal issue because I'm pretty confident that credit card fraud is a federal crime and a felony to boot. He lost a slew of guys who would've been life-long friends. He lost a chance to play for a team that has a good shot to win a National Championship. He's got 2 1/2 strikes against him with his NHL team. He retarded his development, since I'm pretty sure the AHL isn't the place for a kid who is a half season removed from the prep ranks. And he embarrassed himself in front of his family as well as pretty much everyone who follows college hockey, the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Norfolk Admirals, or was keeping an eye on the local kid making good.
Quick's actions were extremely disappointing (seriously, who does that?) and he owes an apology to his teammates, the individual involved, the university, whoever endowed the scholarship he was on, the coaching staff, the Lightning, as well as the Michigan fans, because he damaged this team's chances of going all the way if the Wolverines have a defenseman go down. He was given a great opportunity and he completely threw it away. For his own sake, I hope he's able to put this behind him, learn from his mistakes, and get his life back together. People generally deserve second chances, even if they do really ****ing stupid things. Hopefully he makes the most of his.
And now that the story is finally out, we can move on and talk about the players that weren't dumb enough to get kicked off a contender.
Edit: I also guess that it also deserves mention that there are two sides to every story and we've only heard one. It's pretty clear that Quick did something stupid that's going to cause him some legal trouble in the future. He's admitted that in the article I linked a couple days ago. But I'm sure we'll hear his side in the future.
Also, one bit of non-Quick information, KC8NIY has put up a torrent of the Michigan/Miami (registration required) game from last night. It's well worth watching if you haven't seen it. Great hockey game, and the way that Matt Shegos and Kevin Langseth can completely stuff up a game is truly a sight to behold.