College hockey recruiting is one of the hot-button topics in the sport at the moment. Friday’s announcement that the NCAA had passed legislation to curb the recruitment of young players was met with positivity, skepticism, cynicism, and condemnation from various people across the hockey landscape.
According to College Hockey Inc., the “rule changes approved by the NCAA’s Division I Council (Friday) will significantly alter the recruiting timeline for Division I men’s hockey prospects with the goal of slowing down and improving the recruiting experience.
”The new rules eliminate all recruiting conversations (whether initiated by the coach or the prospect) prior to Jan. 1 of a prospect’s sophomore year. Also, the new legislation aims to establish Aug. 1 prior to a prospect’s junior year as the earliest a coach can make a verbal offer to a prospect.“
The changes are really positive step forward for college hockey because it had gotten out of control,” said Holy Cross head coach Dave Berard, speaking to the amount of deferments and stockpiling of recruits.