Freshman forward Frank Vatrano has withdrawn from Boston College, the school announced on Wednesday. Vatrano, who spent the last two seasons with the U.S. National Team Development Program, was considered one of the top players in BC’s freshman class. He will return to the Boston Junior Bruins of the Eastern Junior Hockey League, where he played before joining the USNTDP. In doing so, Vatrano maintains his NCAA eligibility.
According to Mike McMahon of The Eagle-Tribune, Vatrano left BC over an “academic issue” related to an admissions test. Coach Jerry York told The Heights (BC’s student paper) that he could not comment on whether Vatrano chose to leave or if he was asked to leave.
“Frank Vatrano has withdrawn from the University,” York told the paper. “Per policy at BC, we’re not allowed to discuss any academic issues. But we’re certainly going to miss him. He’s a terrific young guy and we wish him nothing but the best.”
Earlier on Wednesday, Vatrano was claimed by the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the United States Hockey League. There was also speculation that he might sign with the Moncton Wildcats of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. In the end, though, Vatrano elected to go to the EJHL.
UPDATE: According to U.S. Hockey Report, Vatrano failed to get through NCAA Clearinghouse, meaning he would have been ineligible to play. USHR also reports that Vatrano still plans on playing NCAA hockey once he gains eligibility, although it may not be at BC.