Stephen Michalek Reinstated At Harvard

2011 Minnesota Wild sixth round pick Stephen Michalek has been reinstated at Harvard along with three other hockey teammates.

Michalek, a 6'2", 196 lbs goaltender, was one of several Harvard students embroiled in an academic scandal last year where an entire class allegedly was collaborating together or plagiarizing a take home final exam. He left the Crimson hockey team in November without appearing in a game. Teammates Max Everson, Patrick McNally and Mark Luzar followed a month later.

The New York Times reported in February that nearly 70 students taking the government class involved in the scandal were forced to withdraw for two to four semesters. Almost half of the students in the class were suspected of cheating.

“Of the remaining cases, roughly half the students received disciplinary probation, while the balance ended in no disciplinary action,” Harvard Dean Michael D. Smith wrote in a letter to faculty.

Michalek spent last season with Cedar Rapids of the USHL, where he played 17 games for the RoughRiders. The 20 year-old finished the year with a .900 save percentage and 3.09 GAA.

Now that Michalek, who started 22 games as a freshman, has returned to Harvard, he'll be a junior this season and competing with senior Raphael Girard for the Crimson goalie job.

He has a harder job in the Minnesota pipeline, though. Top goalie prospect Matt Hackett was traded to Buffalo in April as part of the Jason Pominville trade, but 2009 sixth round pick Darcy Kuemper and 2010 sixth round pick Johan Gustafsson are both battling for the top spot in Iowa (AHL).

Additionally, Minnesota selected goaltender Alexandre Belanger of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL) in the 7th round (200th overall) of this past NHL Draft.

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