I will admit that it seems to me like much ado about nothing. There is inherently going to be a minimum 5 year age gap between the oldest and youngest players on the ice, so I'm having trouble seeing why 7 years is so much worse. Not to mention, if those 24-yr-olds are so much bigger and stronger than the 22-yr-olds who entered as 18-yr-old freshmen, presumably they are getting signed professionally. If they're not, I feel like their age must not have been too much of an advantage.
But like I said, I'm not trying to pester you, so I'm more than happy to let it drop. Thank you for finally answering my question, though.
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History of the WCHA at the College Hockey Historical Archives). Even after the western teams patched things over and formed the WCHA it remained enough of an issue that Harvard declined too play in the 1963 NCAA tournament (although Harvard focused on the players being Canadian, they also were 20-21 year-olds who had played in Junior A).
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The current rule change: great. What benefit do we have recruiting players at 15? Will make them more entitled and less hungry from a younger age IMO.
Age cap? Why donít we just change the draft rules to par with basketball and football while weíre at it. Oh..right.., because college competes with junior/major junior leagues and the level of talent choosing NCAA hockey would be ANNIHILATED. Fair accusing JD of being a Gopher fan. The junior age rules are nothing new AFAIK, but this stems from Lucia throwing a hissy fit after being destroyed by an older Union team in the championship. But fast forward 5 years, letís say we did totally revamp eligibility rules: no junior over agers, players ineligible after declaring for the draft just like bball to appease some here. Seems fairly safe to say a lot of Gophers would be SOL for a pro career after finishing 20th in the nation.
If the NCAA is to be a viable league to develop players for the NHL, how does capping the age limit help? Last I checked, the NHL has guys ranging from 18-40s and recruits for size and physicality So this argument that ďitís not fair for 18 year olds to go up against 24-25 year oldsĒ is pure rubbish.
Sure a team should not be able to force a commit to play three years in juniors before taking them. If after two years they are not on the college team they should be fair game for any NCAA team to take. But not gonna lie, Iím not too familiar with the rules regarding that. Feel free to fill me in
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A better comparison to college hockey would be its direct competition. That is the CHL. And the CHL has an age limit so it's really not far fetched at all to opine that college hockey should as well.
Do any Canadian colleges get kids that are 18 and 19 year old freshmen or are they only getting older players who have exhausted their junior eligibility? I checked a couple rosters but don't see any birthdates.
The answer is apparently no:
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