According to College Hockey Inc., the NCAA has enacted new legislation that allows college coaches to contact prospects directly on Jan. 1 of their sophomore season — five-and-a-half months earlier than before.
It also takes off some of the restrictions.
College Hockey Inc., has a detailed explanation on why it’s a significant deal for college hockey coaches in their battle with the CHL for top players.
At practice today, I asked coach Dave Hakstol, does that impact college hockey?
“Absolutely it does,” Hakstol said. “I don’t think it’s going to make recruiting younger. I think it might allow us to do our job a little bit better in getting to know some of the younger recruits before they end up making commitments, which for me, has been a big part of the process that has been missing.
“I think we’ve seen a lot of commitments by younger players who are not yet at an age where you can regularly communicate with them. So, I think you’re seeing one or two contacts, then decisions being made. Hopefully, this will allow the process to get back to personally getting to know families and bring back some of that recruiting process.”