By Scott McLaughlin and Jake Seiner/DFP Staff
Former Boston University forward Vinny Saponari has had his transfer application denied by Boston College admissions, according to U.S. Hockey Report. On Oct. 7, The Daily Free Press broke the news that Saponari had decided to play for the Eagles next season.
Saponari and his brother Victor were dismissed from the Terriers in May. BU coach Jack Parker cited “cumulative instances” of displaying “conduct unbecoming of a Boston University hockey player” in the school’s press release announcing the dismissals. The Daily Free Press reported that Vinny Saponari was involved in a team drinking incident on March 17 and then showed up late for a team bike ride that served as punishment.
Saponari currently leads the United States Hockey League in scoring with 30 points (8g, 22a) in 21 games and he has captained the expansion Dubuque Fighting Saints to first place in the Western Conference.
“He’s very disappointed,” Dubuque coach Jim Montgomery told USHR. “He had a long face in my office.”
“It’s too bad, because he’s been playing great. I think he’s the most dominant player in the league now. He’s ready to play in the AHL and develop into a professional player.”
Montgomery also told USHR that the BC coaching staff “was not happy” with the denial and that Saponari “is keeping his options open” and will start talking to other schools in February. Mike McMahon of The (Lawrence) Eagle Tribune is reporting that his sources say Saponari is considering a move to the American Hockey League. His hometown Atlanta Thrashers own his rights and could sign him immediately.
A phone call and text to Saponari have not been returned.