Alex Velischek headed into Providence this year with hopes that he’d be able to improve on his stellar rookie season for the Friars.

But suddenly, it was announced before the new year that Velischek had left Providence and NCAA hockey altogether and would join up with the Sioux City Muskateers of the USHL.

There was a bit of a gap in information upon his departure in regards to why he left and the specifics of his situation.

What we did know was that he’d recently injured his ankle and it had taken awhile for him to get back into the line-up.

Thanks to Mark Divver of Projo.com, we know have the full background.

Friars’ coach Tim Army had this to say about Velischek leaving:

“He didn’t feel he was playing enough.”

Velischek’s injury occurred on October 22, 2010. He didn’t return to the lineup until November 20. He was a healthy scratch for 4 of 5 games in that stretch.

Army continued on that it wasn’t anything against Velischek personally, but rather he was hesitant to tinker with a defensive unit that had meshed together rather well.

Army continued on to say he was disappointed with Velischek’s decision.

“I’m disappointed, and I told him that. We all face adversity in life, you have to work through it, you don’t want people leaving your program, but it’s the culture in hockey now. I don’t know if it’s right or wrong, but it’s the culture we live in with these kids.”

Because of NCAA transfer regulations, Velischek cannot join the roster of another NCAA team for a full year.

The Musketeers have struggled this season, and Velischek has 1 goal and 1 assist in 10 games with a -9 rating.