The St. Cloud Times reports Lightning prospect Luca Cunti, despite being cleared academically, is still without amateur clearance from the NCAA Clearinghouse. Cunti has been practicing all season with St. Cloud State but has been unable to play for the Huskies without clearance. The Times reports his amateur status remains in question due to Cunti playing in a men's league in his native Switzerland prior to coming to North America.
The paper also says Cunti is listed among 31 forwards as candidates for the Swiss team at the upcoming World Junior Championships, though Cunti says he will not play in the tournament.
Cunti also told the Times he will make a decision about his future before Christmas if his status with the NCAA is still in limbo.
Cunti was drafted by the Chicago Steel of the USHL last spring. He could maintain amateur eligibility for the NCAA by playing in the USHL.
Sourcing the USHL, it was reported by Bolt Prospects that Lightning prospect Luca Cunti had been listed in the box score for the Chicago Steel's 10/20 USHL game. As it turns out, Cunti's name was mistakenly listed on the box score by Pointstreak.com, which is used by the USHL to provide game results. The corrected box score can be found here. Cunti remains enrolled at St. Cloud State.
In communicating with the Lightning this evening, Bolt Prospects has learned there are, unfortunately, no new updates on Cunti's situation as he remains waiting for final amateur clearance from the NCAA.
We apologize for the error.
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According to the St. Cloud Times, Cunti has not received his amateur status clearance from the NCAA as of yet and is therefore not eligible for St. Cloud State as they play Canisius in their opener.
The seemingly never-ending story of Swiss prospect Luca Cunti, St. Cloud State University, and the NCAA Clearinghouse has concluded another chapter and Cunti is one step away from full clearance because of it.
Bolt Prospects has been informed by the Lightning that the NCAA Clearinghouse has approved Cunti for Division I play "academically." The club considers this a major accomplishment on Cunti's part as it necessitated his cramming for and passing the GED.
According to the club, the last remaining hurdle is obtaining Cunti's amateur status through the Clearinghouse and he will be set -- finally -- to play Division I hockey this year for the Huskies. In the meantime, the Lightning reports Cunti is proceeding with his classes and training hard off and on the ice with St. Cloud.
Final approval could come within the next few days, but the club cautions there is "nothing in stone though just yet."