A report surfaced today that Vancouver Canucks prospect Patrick McNally was one of four players who have been removed from the Harvard Crimson roster.
It has been speculated the players may have been involved in an academic scandal that took place at Harvard over the summer. A number of students in “Government 1310″ allegedly “plagiarized answers or inappropriately collaborated on the class’ final take-home exam,” according to The Harvard Crimson.
Just to be clear: I can’t confirm that McNally’s removal is related to this scandal. I can, however, confirm that he has withdrawn from the university. Crimson basketball co-captains Kyle D. Casey and Brandyn Curry also withdrew due to “potential disciplinary action relating to the investigation,” the Crimson reported in September.
I’m not sure what McNally’s immediate hockey future holds, but he’s too old for the CHL and I wouldn’t expect him to turn pro any time soon, as McNally’s camp is working with the university to discuss reinstatement options.
McNally was drafted by the Indiana Ice in the 2010 USHL Entry Draft and as far as I know they still hold his rights, so perhaps that’s where he’s headed. Either way, we should know more soon. (EDIT: It appears as though the USHL has an age limit of 20 years old, which would rule McNally, 21, out).
If you’re interested, here’s an article I wrote about McNally after he was drafted by the Canucks in 2010.