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University sports group to allow suspended Gee Gees hockey players to lace up at other universities

Players from the suspended University of Ottawa Gee Gees men's hockey program will be allowed to play for other Canadian universities this fall.

Canadian Interuniversity Sport, the governing body for university sports in Canada, made the decision Wednesday. They decided to waive the regular transfer rules so that the players could switch teams in time to play in the 2014-2015 CIS season.

That means the players may apply to play for other universities. It will be up to the individual institution to accept or deny their application.

Sources tell CFRA three of the Gee Gees have applied to play at Concordia University in Montreal.

If the players transfer, there is no guarantee they would return to play in Ottawa once the Gee Gees suspension is lifted.

University of Ottawa spokesperson Patrick Charette told CFRA they were aware of the decision and that if the majority of players do end up leaving the team, they will focus on rebuilding it when the time comes.

The University of Ottawa decided to suspend the men's hockey program in the wake of a police investigation into an alleged sexual assault in Thunder Bay.

Several weeks ago, one of the players on the team signed a contract to play pro in Australia.

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