Top forward Coyle leaves BU hockey

BOSTON -- Sophomore forward Charlie Coyle, the 2011 Hockey East and New England Rookie of the Year, has decided to leave the Boston University hockey team, according to a statement issued by head coach Jack Parker on Friday afternoon.

"Charlie has decided that he would like to focus on beginning his professional hockey career," said Parker. "We respect his decision and certainly wish him all the best in the future."

The U.S. Hockey Report had stated earlier Friday that Coyle was dismissed for ongoing academic issues.

Coyle played in 53 games for the Terriers over his two seasons with the program and totaled 40 points on 10 goals and 30 assists. This season, Coyle had 14 points (3 goals, 11 assists) in 16 contests.

A first-round pick of the San Jose Sharks in 2010 who had his rights traded to the Minnesota Wild this past summer, Coyle is expected to join the Saint John Sea Dogs -- the defending Memorial Cup champions -- in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, according to the Terrier Hockey Fan Blog.

The loss of their 6-foot-2, 207-pound forward adds to a disastrous week for the Terriers, who four days ago dismissed their leading scorer, Corey Trivino, after the senior forward was arrested on sexual assault and other charges.