On the last day of April, a flurry of kids born in 2004 and 2005 made verbal commitments to U.S. college hockey programs. As of May 1, that kind of action was outlawed by the NCAA – much to the relief of many family advisors (a.k.a. player agents) and coaches.
It always seemed silly, didn’t it? A 14-year-old kid, sometimes before he even got to high school, committing to a university. To paraphrase the punk band Minor Threat: This time is so little, this time belongs to us, why is everybody in such a gosh-darned rush?
Like many things in life, it came down to pressure from peers, which led to parents worried that their special little angels were in danger of falling behind. The reality is that finding the right program takes time, even for an elite player. Cam York, the U.S. NTDP defense...
About the Author
Ryan Kennedy is the associate senior writer and draft/prospect expert at The Hockey News. He has been with the publication since 2005 and in that span, Don Cherry, Lil Jon and The Rock have all called his house. He lives in Toronto with his wife and kids where he listens to loud music and collects NCAA pennants.