Monday, October 20, 2014

Statement from the Commissioners of the CHL

Toronto – The Canadian Hockey League (CHL) is the world’s premier development hockey league and the number one supplier of player talent for the NHL, Canadian university hockey and Canada’s national hockey teams.  Our players are some of the best amateur student athletes in the world and we are proud to provide them with the support, programs and tools to ensure they have the best player experience. 


As the CHL we have worked hard over the last decade to continually review, refine and improve the player experience.  This player experience, funded by our member teams and leagues, now includes:

·        an education program, unmatched in amateur sports, that promotes academic success both during their time in the CHL and after, including post-secondary scholarship programs, 

·        extensive health and safety, anti-doping and mentoring programs that support our players whether they continue with the sport or pursue other careers,

·        a comprehensive mental health program in partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association, and 

·        out-of-pocket expense coverage, equipment, billeting and travel costs. 


In all three CHL member leagues, the Commissioners have spent much time dealing directly with players and their parents on team-specific issues.  The Commissioners are always available to respond to any concerns raised by players or their parents.    We will also continue to review and refine our programs through research and talking to our players, their parents, and our teams.  We believe that our players are amateur student athletes. 


In terms of the class action that was filed today in Toronto late last week, the CHL, our member leagues and teams will vigorously defend ourselves against this action which will not only have a negative effect on hockey in Canada but through all sports in which amateur student athletes are involved. 


In addition, despite all mentions to the contrary, recent communications and social media posts by Glenn Gumbley of the CHLPA lead us to believe that the Gumbleys are still actively involved on the fringes of junior hockey in Canada and with this action.  The CHL will once again issue warnings to our players and their parents cautioning them about the Gumbleys.

David Branch, OHL Commissioner

Gilles Couteau, QMJHL Commissioner

Ron Robison, WHL Commissioner

1 comment:

Scott S said...

this class action law suit was looking for 1 player who could jump on board who felt they were done wrong and they found that player in Sam Berg who played a grand total of 8 games in the OHL over a 2 month period and then being reassigned to Jr. A where he ended up getting a career ending shoulder injury.

I definitely do not know all the in's and out's in what sort of expenses are needed for each player on the team. And im sure the parents themselves still have to send each kid a few hundred dollars each month so their kid can still be a kid when they are not at the rink. But lets be abit real here in terms of the amount of money it costs for a kid to play midget AAA hockey I have heard that cost is anywhere between 20-30 grand after you factor in all things per kid.

But lets face it as well these kids playing in the CHL are getting top notch coaching, this type of coaching does not exist in AAA hockey not even in Jr. A hockey. Very few kids are ever going to see pro hockey but these education programs the CHL has in place must be worth something since the league has 1300 players. I cant imagine parents not wanting their kids to play in the league if there wasn't some sort of long term benefit to their child. Unless the CHL is making it sound better then it truly is to us fans who are on the outside looking in I would say the players are getting a very good deal in the long run of 1yr of schooling for every year played in the league.

Please prove me wrong if its not as good as the CHL makes it sound to us people who don't have kids in the league.

They get top notch medical attention when its needed, schooling tutors, equipment supplied (including sticks), access to team trainer in the gym, team clothing,

Im sure there are other things im missing on. Like I said above im sure its not all peachy rosey for parents of kids in the CHL but im still very sure that it saves the parents more money in the long run then if they had played else where/different league.

Im sure the CHL lawyers are very prepared for this lawsuit as its not like it has blind sided them with all this talk about unions and such the past few years. If by some odd chance CHL teams are forced to pay min wage to its players you can bet your arse that the small market/community owned teams will not exist past this season (or whenever it gets cleared up in court).... Can the WHL for instance operate functionally enough with losing 6-10 teams? That's taking away a lot from 140-240 ish players. Sure taking away that many teams would only make the league stronger in terms of fans watching better quality of hockey due to these players now needing teams to play on, but I don't think the league would be as strong long term as ticket prices would raise due to min wage costs and already junior hockey isn't family priced anymore.