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du78
09-01-2011, 10:13 AM
Craig Custance of the Sporting News has written an in-depth article on the war for players between U.S. colleges and the CHL and how the NHL is keep tabs on what is going on. A very good read for all. Brian Burke has some interesting quotes.

Link to article (http://aol.sportingnews.com/nhl/story/2011-08-30/nhl-colleges-wage-war-with-canadian-junior-hockey-ohl-whl-qmjhl)

MUhawks628
09-01-2011, 10:26 AM
Also, for anyone who missed Skip Prince's letter, it made for a very good read.

http://thepipelineshow.blogspot.com/2011/08/open-letter-from-ushl.html

hobeydog
09-02-2011, 06:11 PM
Two excellent articles...thanks for posting. It always seemed logical that payments were being made and this confirms it.

For those who missed it, Max Domi who had planned to play for the Indiana Ice and then Michigan, was traded from Kingston of the OHL to London where he signed to play with the Knights.

WeAreNDHockey
09-02-2011, 07:13 PM
Two excellent articles...thanks for posting. It always seemed logical that payments were being made and this confirms it.

While I think it is of course possible and perhaps even likely that under-the-table payments are being made by some teams in the CHL, I think it is quite a stretch to say that 3 more people with obvious ties to the NCAA leveling vague accusations saying as much is any kind of confirmation. I'm not that more convinced by unnamed players offering the same thing. The SN story was interesting, but I am wishing that if people are going to make these accusations they start putting a little more to the story. If it is true, and they have the proof, threats of libel or slander be dam ned. If that $100,000 check was actually written, show it to me. It shouldn't be that hard.

hobeydog
09-02-2011, 07:28 PM
While I think it is of course possible and perhaps even likely that under-the-table payments are being made by some teams in the CHL, I think it is quite a stretch to say that 3 more people with obvious ties to the NCAA leveling vague accusations saying as much is any kind of confirmation. I'm not that more convinced by unnamed players offering the same thing. The SN story was interesting, but I am wishing that if people are going to make these accusations they start putting a little more to the story. If it is true, and they have the proof, threats of libel or slander be dam ned. If that $100,000 check was actually written, show it to me. It shouldn't be that hard.

What caught my eye was the lack of denial from the CHL's David Branch...

As the CHL has grown, Branch said the league has been deliberate in developing clear-cut policies on allowable benefits for players, which are largely for education and training allowances.

The OHL has hired an enforcement officer to investigate any allegations of impropriety, and the league’s competitive balance depends on a level playing field.

“I believe that 99 percent of the cases, no they are not" being paid under the table, Branch said of the CHL’s elite players. “I would not go as far to say that none have received benefits that exceed our permissible benefits. We are addressing it.”