In my article last week, I wrote that Nic Kerdiles was suspended by the NCAA for a year and that his school — the University of Wisconsin — was appealing it.
Last Friday, the NCAA had decided to reduce the Anaheim Ducks second-round pick’s suspension to a mere five weeks.
All of a sudden, Kerdiles’ future changed. One moment, he faced a season long ban with the NCAA and contemplated playing for the Kelowna Rockets in the Western Hockey League. Now he is sitting out for a little over a month as his only punishment before he is able to fulfill his childhood aspiration. The winger had always wanted to play college ice and can now thankfully do so as a freshman for the Badgers.
Kerdiles was originally suspended as a result from an apparent violation of his amateur status when pictures were posted on social media outlets that indicated he had a relationship with Pulver Sports. As a collegiate athlete, a player can not form any relations with an agent or agency — and they most certainly can not accept any form of (free) gifts from them. Ensuing the suspension, the University appealed and the ruling was overturned. Chris Peters — of the U.S. of Hockey — reported that the ruling was based on the fact that Kerdiles unintentionally accepted an improper benefit from player agent Ian Pulver.
Despite being faced with a season ending suspension that would prevent Kerdiles from lacing them up as a Badger, his school stuck up for him even before he proved himself at the collegiate level. Maybe that’s the reason why Kerdiles wanted to take the college route and chose the Badgers.
Kerdiles was meant to be a Badger and he and his school knew that from the start.
Finally, everyone involved in this situation — Kerdiles, the Badgers and most importantly the Ducks — can all breathe in a sigh of relief.