http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story.asp?id=82006 NCAA to allow players to enter NHL draft Associated Press 4/28/2004 INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The NCAA on Wednesday granted a waiver allowing 17- and 18-year-old players at Division I schools to enter the NHL draft in June. The players would retain college eligibility as long as they don't play for a professional team or hire an agent. NHL teams can keep draft rights until 30 days after a player graduates from college. The league recently changed its draft eligibility requirements to include players who turn 18 on or before Sept. 15, and those who turn 19 between Sept. 16 and Dec. 31. Under current NCAA rules, players under 19 would not be eligible for the June 26-27 draft. The waiver, approved last week by the NCAA's Division I Management Council administrative review subcommittee, applies only for the 2003-04 academic year. The possibility of extending the waiver beyond this year will be discussed at a meeting of a Division I subcommittee on agents and amateurism in June. NCAA officials believe the waiver will affect fewer than a dozen players for this year's draft.