Report: Hurley done at Notre Dame

Connor Hurley played three seasons for Notre Dame, but it appears that he will not stick around for his senior year and get the prestigious degree as reports have him heading home to enroll at the University of Minnesota.

Chosen in the second round of the 2013 draft (38th overall), Hurley scored 14 goals and 48 points in 98 appearances with the Fighting Irish.

The Edina, Minn. native was plugging away with the Fighting Irish in 2016-17 before his season was mysteriously cut short in January due to an "undisclosed personal issue".

Aside from the way his season ended, signs of Hurley's questionable future at the school were present when he was noticeably excluded in summer communications from the Notre Dame hockey program.

Hurley was on the ice for the Sabres in July's Development Camp, and without confirmation that a transfer was in the works, he was recently discussed in the Sabres 2017-18 NCAA Preview:

The door is not closed for Hurley as far as the Sabres are concerned, but he'll likely need to grab the Irish's top-line center spot, excel at the point on the power play, and basically double his career-to-date point totals by surpassing 15 goals and 45 points in order to reaffirm his position as a legitimate pro prospect.
In light of the move, what happens next with Hurley remains to be seen as NCAA transfer rules *generally* require that a player sit out of competition for a year after transferring. This is why transfer players often bounce back to the USHL for a season, like what goaltender Matej Tomek (PHI) is currently doing after his departure from North Dakota, but Hurley is too old for that.

There are a few graduate-level exceptions to the rule, though, like goaltender Charles Williams, who was a standout with Canisius in 2016-17 after three seasons at Ferris State. Williams was granted approval to play right away since he had already earned his bachelor's degree at Ferris and had one year of eligibility remaining after being a medical redshirt in 2014-15. Another graduate transfer, goaltender Kyle Hayton, will play for Wisconsin this season after completing his degree in three years from St. Lawrence University.

NCAA transfer rules aren't always as straight-forward as we'd wish them to be, and it is unknown when he enrolled at Minnesota, so perhaps the situation changes, but unless Hurley has already achieved his bachelor's degree or receives a waiver from the NCAA, it's hard to foresee him playing for the Gophers this fall. He can attend practices and games and not lose his final year of eligibility. As of today he is not listed on Minnesota's 2017-18 roster.

More updates will be provided as details become available.

9/5 UPDATE: The University of Minnesota has officially added Hurley to the men's hockey program. He'll sit out the 2017-18 season due to NCAA transfer rules and will have one year of eligibility remaining.

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