LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Nicolas Kerdiles certainly has come a long way in the past year.
It was about a year ago, the Anaheim Ducks prospect said -- during the 2012 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp -- that he learned of an inquiry by the NCAA into his amateur status. The resulting suspension nearly forced him to leave what he called his "dream" hockey situation, and submarined his collegiate hockey career before it even started.
"So many little things went on," he told NHL.com. "I don't understand still what exactly it was. At this point I'm over it and I'm just looking forward to having a fresh start this year."
In October 2012, the NCAA announced Kerdiles would be suspended for the entire 2012-13 season for violating the group's amateurism rules, because of an issue with payment for the hotel Kerdiles and his family stayed at during the 2012 NHL Draft in Pittsburgh.