Wayne State's hockey team will forfeit six wins this season because a player once was paid $70 to play eight games in the Ontario Hockey League.
Dave Peca, younger brother of Buffalo Sabres captain Michael Peca, was fourth on the team with 13 points in 16 games. The Warriors were 6-9-1 with Peca and have gone 2-1-1 since he left the school.
Wayne State spokeswoman Lisa McCoy said Monday the university discovered Peca played in the OHL when he was 17 years old when a commissioner from another league called and asked coach Bill Wilkinson.
"We self-reported to the NCAA," she said.
Peca, 21, a freshman from Brampton, Ont., told the Detroit Free Press he called the NCAA to inquire about his eligibility when he heard Wayne State was adding hockey.
"I asked if I would have a shot at appealing and they (the NCAA) said yes because it was long ago and for so few games," he said.
But Peca did not appeal, did not report the games on the NCAA eligibility form, and did not tell Wilkinson.
"It was kind of dumb for me to not tell Wilkinson," Peca said.
Wilkinson said Wayne State has two other players with major-junior experience who are sitting out this season to be eligible next year under NCAA rules.
Peca said he might play for a Toronto university or give up hockey.