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Bruins fans, I am thrilled to report that the UCLA ice hockey club's suspension has been lifted by Club Sports, and its game against USC for the Crosstown Cup is once again on as scheduled. The official word came just after 4:00pm, before an appeal hearing with the Club Sports Executive Council was scheduled to occur.
While I don't have too many details yet of how the reversal happened, a few things are clear. First, this would not have been possible without a great show of support from the Bruin community. The fact that the decision was handed down before the hearing shows that your voices were heard loud and clear. So my thanks go out to all of Bruins Nation, as well as to those in the USC community who also chimed in with your support.
Second, the team will still face some sort of sanction for the paperwork infraction, most likely probation. I want to be clear that the team did not seek to dodge discipline for failing to follow the rules, only that the punishment fit the crime.
With all that said, it's time to focus on the task at hand - winning the Crosstown Cup on Trojan ice. The team could use as much support as possible in enemy territory, so I encourage every Bruin fan to make it to the rink to cheer on our team. The game is at 7:30pm, this Saturday, February 4, at Anaheim Ice, 300 W. Lincoln Ave., Anaheim, CA.
If more details become available, I'll try to update this post, and of course, I'll try to get a recap up postgame.
I hope to see you all there. Thanks once more for all of your support.
GO BRUINS - BEAT $C!