UMD women have WCHA title stripped away

by Paul Cordes

An ineligible player has cost the Minnesota Duluth women’s hockey team its 2007-08 WCHA regular-season championship as well as 26 games from 2007-08.

It was found that Iya Gavrilova, a freshman from last years team had played professional hockey in Russia deeming her ineligible.

When the story broke last season, Duluth, who said they were unaware of her playing for any professional Russian team, sat Gavrilova for the final games of the season. According WCHA associate commissioner for public relations, Dough Spencer, the the crown will either go to the second place Gophers or remain open. As a result of the offense, Gavrilova will be officially declared ineligible by the University and Duluth will go back and change how it evaluates the eligibility of its players as well as take two weeks off of the recruiting trail. The Daily’s covered the controversy when it broke last year. You can find that story here