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Washington Capitals defensive prospect Garrett Haar has announced on Twitter that he will not return to Western Michigan University, where he has spent the last two years since he was drafted by the Caps.
Have decided to leave Western Michigan and go play in the WHL. Medicine Hat tigers seems to be my destination but still not sure. #fresh
— Garrett Haar (@HaarDaddy4) July 12, 2013
The news came two weeks after Haar was deemed academically ineligible and suspended by the University for the first semester. WMU Broncos’ head coach Andy Murray told MLive, “at this point, he’s not going to be playing until at least Christmas.” Murray continued, “he did not live up to Bronco Hockey athletic and academic standards.”
Haar, the Caps’ seventh-round pick in the 2011 Draft, was limited to just 22 games last year, in which he scored three goals and nine points. WMU failed to make the Regionals.
The California-native blueliner was selected by the Moose Jaw Warriors in the 2008 WHL Draft, but it appears that he has been dropped from their protected player list since. However, he now appears on the Medicine Hat’s overage players list (as well as the Caps camp FA invitee Boston Leier). The Tigers hold rights to ten overage players, however, the teams are only allowed to have three on their rosters.
If Haar indeed moves to Medicine Hat, he’ll join fellow Caps seventh-round pick Tyler Lewington on the Tigers blueline.