The NCAA has reduced its suspension of University of Wisconsin men’s hockey player Nic Kerdiles from a full season to 10 games.

Kerdiles was ordered by the NCAA to sit out the 2012-13 season for unspecified violations of its code of amateurism on Oct. 5.

UW Athletic Department officials appealed the suspension to the NCAA reinstatement committee on Thursday and received its decision Friday.

UW senior associate athletic director Walter Dickey, who handled Kerdiles’ appeal, said in a statement that the Badgers were disappointed any punishment was levied.

“We remain confident that the facts demonstrate Nic had no culpability,” said Dickey, who is also a UW Law School professor. “Throughout this ordeal, Nic has demonstrated nothing but poise and integrity consistent with the outstanding student-athlete we know he is.

“Nic is currently exploring his options which we have encouraged him to do. Our hope is that he remains a Badger.”

Kerdiles, a highly regarded freshman winger from Irvine, Calif., missed the season-opening series with Northern Michigan Oct. 12 and 13. The earliest he could play for the Badgers is Nov. 30 in the opener of a Western Collegiate Hockey Association series at Denver.

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