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A New Initiative That Will Be A Game Changer


portraitSuitcoat100I predict that one of the most controversial undertakings will soon be made in relation to NCAA Division 1 Hockey, which (I predict) will make over 50% of all prospective college hockey players unable to play college hockey, and will likely remove 30% of all existing D-1 college hockey players from college rosters, at the time of implementation.

Over the past year, NCAA Division 1 Basketball and Football have implemented a new initiative, known as the “Agent/Gambling Disclaimer Affidavit”, which must be signed by all participants, and must be sworn under oath.

Pursuant to NCAA Bylaw, the NCAA Division 1 Championship Cabinet has directed the football and basketball subcommittees to administer a certification procedure under which student athletes participating in postseason games are to complete and sign an affidavit and swear to its truthfulness before a notary public.

Under the present system, players making false statement on their Eligibility Centre registration face possible suspension and disqualification, whereas student athletes swearing under oath to a false statement, would be regarded as a fraudulent act, and could subject the person falsely swearing to civil litigation by the NCAA, and/or the college, as well as criminal prosecution by federal or state authorities.

In addition to the civil action and criminal prosecution, the NCAA has implemented a process whereby monies raised through Championship Tournaments would also be forfeited by the College, and so there will be huge financial repercussions if colleges do not do their due diligence regarding the use of agents, and unpaid family advisors, by their student-athletes.

In addition to the 24 questions that players must answer regarding the use of agents and gambling up until the time of the execution of the document, student-athletes must also swear to update their affidavit should any event occur that would later change any of the answers that they have provided, which is a loophole that is now used by athletes.

Some of the questions included in the affidavit are;

  • Have you ever signed a contract, a statement of intent, or verbally agreed to participate with any professional team, league, agent or agency? Under what terms? Under the NCAA rules, Professional teams include major junior hockey teams.
  • Have you ever signed a contract, a statement of intent or verbally agreed to be represented by any agent, agency, advisor or financial advisor? Under what terms? Under the NCAA rules, Professional teams include major junior hockey teams.
  • Have you ever received money or benefits from an agent, agency, advisor or financial advisor? What were/are the details?
  • Have you ever asked anyone or given anyone your consent to speak to professional teams and/or leagues on your behalf? Under what terms? Under the NCAA rules, Professional teams include major junior hockey teams.

I predict that this process will be implemented within the next 2-3 years within, NCAA Men’s Division 1 Hockey.

Considering that players as young as 14 years of age (and/or their families) are making improper decisions today, and being seduced by unscrupulous agents and other individuals who attempt to fly under the radar, it has the potential to dramatically impact who will be able to play college hockey over the next 15 years.

If a player, who is 14 years of age today, enters into a relationship (verbal or written) with a person with whom he has promised to pay a percentage of any possible future earnings in exchange for that person to talk to various contacts within the hockey world about the player, that player is forever ineligible to play college hockey, just for making that agreement.

If (for discussion purposes) the new affidavit requirement would comes into effect in three years time, it will certainly impact upon a 14 year old player making an improper decision to enter a relationship with a rogue advisor. That player would need to sign the affidavit before being allowed to play college hockey in 6-7 years. Even if it takes 10-11 years before it is implemented, it will still effect that player, who would still likely be playing college hockey at that time and be subject to signing the affidavit, upon implementatio

I predict that at the time, it is implemented, the NCAA Affidavit initiative will effect over 2,000 male hockey players who would have otherwise have played NCAA Division 1 college hockey. It will knock those players out of the system and produce opportunities for the same number of athletes who would have otherwise never have had the opportunity.

There will be interesting times ahead.

Hopefully you will not have listened to the advise of someone who convinced you that “it’ll be okay, because there will be nothing in writing”, as the legal onus will be on you to tell the truth, under the threat of perjury.

Will you be ready to answer the call?


David MacDonald, SPAD
Hockey Family Advisor



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