Northeastern's Top Recruit Asks Out of NLI
CHN Staff Report
Michael Szmatula, one of the top scorers in the United States Hockey League this past season, has asked out of his National Letter of Intent in order to follow his junior coach, Jim Montgomery, to the University of Denver.
But, according to sources, Northeastern does not intend to grant Szmatula a release, meaning he'll need to essentially transfer if he wants to play for Montgomery at Denver.
Szmatula gave Sacred Heart a verbal commitment last spring before decommiting in order to commit to Northeastern. He was the fifth-leading scorer in the USHL this past season, finishing with 76 points (37 goals, 39 assists) in 63 games. His 37 goals were second in the league.
By signing a National Letter of Intent, the school agrees to provide the player with a scholarship for a period of at least one year, while the player agrees to attend the school for the same period.
According to NCAA rules, if Szmatula breaks his National Letter of Intent agreement and enrolls at Denver before reporting to Northeastern, he'll have to sit out the entire 2013-14 season and will forfeit one year of eligibility, meaning he'll be eligible for just three years of NCAA hockey.