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BOSTON (AP)

A Boston University hockey star has been kicked off the team after his arrest on charges that he groped and tried to kiss a female student.

Corey Trivino of Toronto, Canada, was released on personal recognizance after pleading not guilty Monday to charges including indecent assault and battery.

Trivino, a 2008 draft pick of the New York Islanders, is the leading goal scorer in Hockey East, with 13 in 15 games. On Tuesday, BU coach Jack Parker said the 21-year-old Trivino was "no longer associated" with the ninth-ranked team.

Prosecutors said late Sunday at a BU dorm, the woman asked Trivino and a group he was with to be quiet during mandatory quiet hours. They said Trivino then forced his way into her room, tried to kiss her and repeatedly groped her. Prosecutors said the woman resisted and demanded Trivino leave, but Trivino didn't go until she phoned for help, when he ran out of the room.

Prosecutors said campus police found Trivino in an elevator shortly afterward, and he was visibly drunk.

Trivino's attorney, William Sullivan, said there were "some inaccuracies" in the prosecution's account of the incident, but he didn't want to get into specifics.

Trivino has been in trouble at BU before — last year, Parker suspended Trivino for the early part of the 2010-11 season for unspecified violations of team rules.

On Tuesday, Sullivan referred to unnamed "issues" Trivino has to deal with.

"We're looking to address those," Sullivan said. "There's more important things in a young man's life than just hockey. I met with his parents, who are here. I met with Corey. And we're going to address these issues. ... He's very upset, but he understands we're going to have to deal with some of these things."

"This is a good kid," Sullivan said.

The court ordered Trivino to leave his dorm by Monday afternoon. Sullivan said Trivino will stay enrolled at the school, but called the situation "day by day," and cited possible academic sanctions.

BU's dean of students Kenneth Elmore said the school would quickly investigate what happened, and Trivino can attend classes until any official suspension or expulsion.

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