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Buffalo State, Geneseo hockey teams punished for violating rules on Canadians

BUFFALO, N.Y. - The NCAA has barred the Buffalo State and Geneseo college men's hockey teams from the playoffs this season for violating financial aid rules to bolster their rosters with Canadian-born players.

The NCAA Division III committee on infractions ruled last week that both schools used a grant program, intended to increase enrolment of Canadian students, almost exclusively on athletes.

Of the 21 grants awarded to Canadians by Geneseo in 2007-08, 19 went to men's hockey players.

At Buffalo State, 32 of the 33 grants awarded to Canadians went to athletes during a two-year span.

Buffalo State's women's hockey team is also barred from the playoffs this season because it has athletes who received Canadian incentive grants.

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