Why September 15th?

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  1. Eleven

    Eleven Solid As The Sun

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    How was this date chosen to make a player eligible for the draft?

    Why not just go by "Turns 18 this year"? Is this a punishment or benefit for players born between September 16th and December 31st?
     
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    Training camp would be my guess.
     
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    mouser Business of Hockey

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    They want the players to be legal adults [18] before the NHL season starts.
     
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    Of the #1 picks, Stefan, DiPietro, Ovechkin and Tavares would have been available in previous draft had they been about week older, so that didn't affect them much.
     
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    Because, pre-season games begin around sept 16 or 17, so the league as to set a date, sept 15.

    Let's say that doesn't exist and a player who'll turn 18 on sept 19, injures himself seriously in a sept 17 pre-season game. That would be a mess for the NHL.

    So it's all and foremost for insurance and legal reasons.
     

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