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Four Harvard Players Reinstated After Academic Scandal Suspension

Four Harvard hockey players suspended last season for an academic scandal will be back with the Crimson for the 2013-14 season.

Harvard players shake hands with Dartmouth players following the Crimson's loss to the Big Green in the 2013 ECAC Tournament.
Harvard players shake hands with Dartmouth players following the Crimson's loss to the Big Green in the 2013 ECAC Tournament.
Jeff Cox

Junior defensemen Max Everson, Patrick McNally and Mark Luzar and goaltender Stephen Michalek have been reinstated to the Harvard hockey program following a suspension for an academic scandal that rocked the prestigious Ivy League school.

Three of the four players suspended played junior hockey last season. Michalek played for the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders in the USHL, Everson played for the Omaha Lancers in the USHL, and Luzar played for the Trenton Golden Hawks in the OJHL. McNally, a 2010 draft pick of the Vancouver Canucks, sat the year out because he was too old to play junior hockey. Everson was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs and Michalek by the Minnesota Wild in the 2011 NHL Draft.

As usual, Harvard will have a roster loaded with NHL draft picks and talented players on paper. The key for head coach Ted Donato will be to get all the talent to gel as one cohesive unit.

After making the NCAA Tournament five consecutive seasons from 2002-06, the Crimson have missed the NCAA Tournament every year since.

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Jeff Cox is a hockey reporter for SBNation. Follow him on twitter @JeffCoxSBNation.