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WCHA Still A Gentleman's League

The WCHA held their league meeting last week prior to the National Coaches convention in Florida. One of the big issues discussed was the league's gentleman's agreement of not recruiting players that have already made verbal commitments to other schools.

The agreement survived, but just barely, with four schools opposing it. I'm not sure who the four schools were, but Minnesota has been one of the most vocal in opposition to it.

Personally, I don't think it's a bad idea to have that agreement in place. I'm definitely not of the opinion that a verbal commitment should be super-binding. I have no problem is a kid decides he wants to go somewhere else, but I think he should come to that decision on his own.

One of the more anticipated events at the national coaches convention was a meeting with Paul Kelly and Bill Daly, the NHL's deputy commissioner and NHLPA executive director respectively, to discuss NCAA players leaving for the NHL.

But it sounds like any major changes in the relationship between the NCAA and NHL are still a few years down the road. The talks with Kelly and Daly were pretty informal, and it's unlikely any changes will come out of it, but it was a start to dealing with some of the issues brought up by so many players leaving early.