Coach Kyle addresses his week-long hiatus

MARQUETTE – The Northern Michigan University hockey team is at home this week, preparing for two critical conference games against Alaska Anchorage. Unlike last weekend at Penn State, Wildcats head coach Walt Kyle will be behind the bench for this series against the Seawolves.

Coach Kyle addressed his administrative leave situation today with ABC 10 Sports. Kyle gave a brief statement about his week- long suspension, saying that it was difficult for him to just watch his team play solely on TV.

“You never like that,” said Kyle. “It is what it is. It was tough to watch and tough to be a part of, but I’m elated to be back.”

“It was definitely quieter,” said NMU co–captain Ryan Kesti with a slight grin on his face about his head coach not being with the team at Penn State. “You guys know Walt is pretty vocal; he’s very good at what he does. It was different, but I thought that the assistant coaches (John Kyle and Rob Lehtinen) that were promoted for the weekend did a great job.”

“We’re excited to have him back,” Kesti added about his head coach.

NMU takes on Alaska-Anchorage Friday and Saturday at the Berry Events Center.