UMass hockey forward Emerson Auvenshine suspended indefinitely after weekend arrest

Last modified: Thursday, January 15, 2015

AMHERST — Emerson Auvenshine, a senior forward for the UMass hockey team, has been suspended indefinitely from the program after he was arrested during the weekend.

Auvenshine was arraigned Monday on charges of assault and battery, malicious destruction of property under $250 and breaking and entering in the nighttime, according to the clerk’s office at Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown.

Auvenshine, 24, of Eaton Rapids, Michigan, was arrested at 2:21 a.m. Sunday by Amherst Police.

“Due to an off-campus incident, we have suspended Emerson from the program on an indefinite basis,” UMass hockey coach John Micheletto said in a prepared statement issued Monday.

According to the UMass statement, the decision on the suspension was made jointly by Micheletto and athletic director John McCutcheon.

UMass spokeswoman Jillian Jakuba said neither Micheletto not McCutcheon would comment further. Auvenshine could not be reached for comment.

According to the Amherst Police report, UMass police requested an Amherst officer to respond to Lot 27 for a woman who reported seeing her ex-boyfriend, Auvenshine, in front of her house. When she entered the home, the woman reported finding her vanity broken and other damage.

Police reported that Auvenshine returned to the house and yelled at the woman before he was removed by his friend, and then arrested.

Auvenshine has played only occasionally during four seasons in Amherst. He appeared in four games in October this season and scored the game-winning goal in a 3-2 win Oct. 24 at Northeastern. Auvenshine tweeted Dec. 31 that he was having season-ending anterior cruciate ligament surgery. It is possible he could seek a medical redshirt for another year of eligibility.

He appeared in a career-high 20 games as a junior in 2013-14 and had one goal and one assist. A mechanical engineering major, he was named to Hockey East’s all-academic team in 2011-12.

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