April 1, 2007

Dustin Brown Coming Home?

This morning in New York, the NHL and the NCAA have announced that they have reached an agreement which will allow players who have never played NCAA hockey, and are within 4 years of the age at which their freshman matriculation would have occured, to be granted one year of eligibilty. The NHL is viewing this experiemental program as a means of generating goodwill, while the NCAA is ecstatic over of the opportunity to accelerate the expansion of their fanbase. NHL commissioner, Gary Bettman, said the decision was reached "out of a deep respect for the core values former student-athletes have brought to the professional level." Myles Brand, commissioner of the NCAA said that "this historic opportunity to energize on a national scale the great game that is NCAA hockey could not be allowed to pass." This agreement almost collapsed at the last minute due to some resistance on the part of the NHL to allow the rule to apply to individuals eligible as of the date of the ruling. The NHL had wanted the program to apply based upon eligibility as of the beginning of the 2007-2008 NHL season.

The final determination of eligibility could have a dramatic impact on next year's Cornell roster. Word has already leaked out that Los Angeles King, Dustin Brown, former schoolboy sensation at Ithaca High School is considering returning to Ithaca to skate with the Big Red for one season. Dustin, who at 22, is in his 3rd season with the Kings and has established season highs for both goals (16) and assists (26) this season. Dustin has long made it known that his only regret thus far in his career was never having had the opportunity to wear a Cornell sweater. Dustin has apparently already made contact with the coaching staff and the admissions office and the process seems to be going smoothly. Look for Dustin to be on-campus this fall.

Photo: NHL.
HAFD.

4 comments:

Will Devine said...

April Fools'?

BRP said...

That can neither be confirmed nor denied until April 2nd. HAFD

Anonymous said...

HAFD = Happy April Fools Day

Too bad cause that got me REAL bad

BRP said...

Sorry. However, since Dustin has refused to comment directly, I continue to hope there may be some truth to this...wink, wink, nudge, nudge...