Defenseman Tim Boyle won’t be returning to Union for his sophomore season.
The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Boyle, a fourth-round pick in last year’s NHL draft by the Ottawa Senators, will be playing junior hockey for the South Shore Kings of the United States Premier Hockey League. The Kings play in Foxboro, Mass.
“Tim Boyle is no longer in our program, and is pursuing other opportunities” Union coach Rick Bennett said Thursday. “We are not going to comment on people that aren’t in our program.”
Boyle came to Union from Noble & Greenough in Massachusetts, and was expected to be a good player for the Dutchmen. In two years at Nobles, Boyle had nine goals, 37 assists in 53 games.
But Boyle, the younger brother of New York Rangers center Brian Boyle, struggled with the transition to college. He appeared in just 15 games and had two assists along with 25 penalty minutes.
Boyle’s departure leaves the Dutchmen with eight defensemen. Returning are senior Mat Bodie, juniors Shayne Gostisbehere and Charlie Vasaturo and sophomore Sebastien Gingras. The new defensemen are Jeff Taylor, who is from Clifton Park, Matt Krug, Griffyn Martin and Noah Henry.
“As a staff, we feel strongly that with the four returning defensemen and the four incoming freshmen, we’re happy with what we do have,” Bennett said.