Two Colorado College upperclassmen who did not make a game appearance this season quit the National Collegiate Hockey Conference program over the holiday break.
Senior forward Alex Roos departed the program to focus on his economics degree at CC while junior defenseman Duggie Lagrone left school to pursue opportunities to play in a NCAA Division III program.
Roos recorded 28 points (15 goals) in 105 career games through his first three seasons. The Illinois native’s best year was his freshman campaign (17 points, 10 goals) on a line centered by American Hockey League player Alex Krushelnyski and flanked by senior captain Sam Rothstein.
Lagrone tallied three points (all assists) in 35 appearances in the Texas native’s first two seasons, including logging time as a fourth-line forward both years when injuries depleted the CC lineup.
Both saw their playing time decrease as coach Mike Haviland brought in his recruiting classes the past two seasons. Neither were available for comment on Tuesday.
“We wish them both the best now and in the future,” Haviland said. “When you have guys in and out of the lineup or not playing, these things happen all across college hockey.”
Lagrone’s departure leaves defenseman Teemu Kivihalme as the only remaining junior out of a class of six that included wing Jordan Berger (retired), defenseman Garrett Cecere (Northeastern), forward Dan Labosky (Wisconsin) and goalie Chase Perry (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute). The three currently playing all left for junior hockey and returned to college hockey later.
Roos’ departure leaves CC with five seniors -- all have played this season -- and student assistant Zach Aman, who retired from competitive hockey before the season began.
Sophomore goalie Jacob Nehama remains held out of practice pending further medical tests for an unspecified upper-body injury sustained in early November.