Source: Big Ten pulls proposal to limit delayed enrollment, wants more discussion

A Big Ten proposal to limit the age at which a hockey player can start a four-year collegiate career has been withdrawn, a source said Wednesday.

The proposed legislation, which was scheduled to face a vote this week, would have limited a player who started his college hockey career at age 21 to three seasons of eligibility.

The Big Ten pulled the proposal to allow for more discussion in the hockey community, a source said.

The issue caused a divide in college hockey, with a number of schools arguing against the proposal and others upset that it wasn’t brought up with the larger coaching body before it was submitted.

The Big Ten argued that delayed enrollment is “rarely a choice made by a student for academic purposes, but instead occurs at the direction of an institution for purely competitive reasons,” deputy commissioner Brad Traviolia wrote.

An NCAA legislation page showed that of 16 official comments registered by members last year, 13 were opposed and three others abstained.