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OHL claims Spitfires’ benefit and recruitment rules violation included multiple players

Aug 10, 2012, 5:51 PM EDT

Windsor Spitfires

As we previously reported, the OHL has handed the Windsor Spitfires a $400,000 fine and stripped them of five draft picks because they “violated the League’s Player Benefit and Recruitment Rules and Policies.”

The Spitfires have since released a statement in response to the league’s punishment, which has been published on CTV.

The Spitfires “completely deny all accusations that have been put forward.” They also plan to “pursue all avenues of appeal.”

They remain confident that the OHL’s decision will be overturned.

Meanwhile OHL commissioner David Branch has spoken to Jeff Marek, who reported that the Spitfires’ violation involves multiple players and the investigation dates back to 2010.

Some of the prominent players that have been with the Spitfires at some point during the past few years include Taylor Hall, Adam Henrique, Ryan Ellis, Cam Fowler, and Zack Kassian.

This comes just a month after it was revealed that the OHL Kitchener Rangers are suing the Michigan Daily student newspaper over a claim that top-tier prospect Jacob Trouba was offered $200,000 to play with the Rangers in 2012-13 instead of the Wolverines.

Kitchener CEO Steve Bienkowski denies the allegations that the student paper made and claimed that the story “damaged” them.

  1. millertime30 - Aug 10, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    “Damaged” in the sense that now everybody knows they’re providing improper benefits to their players, maybe.

  2. DTF31 - Aug 10, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    How else do you think these teams get players to pass on college and the college life to live in some quite piss hole small towns?

    • t16rich - Aug 10, 2012 at 10:10 PM

      I think you are underrating how awesome it is to be a Junior player in Canada. It brings all the same benefits as the “college life” just without the education. Also the CHL covers education costs for their former players who don’t go pro and decide to get educated after their eligibility runs up with the CHL. CHL teams are generally located in nice cities too, not “piss hole” small towns as you say it is. As much as I hate to hear this happening, I disagree with why you say it is happening.

  3. murraychadwick - Aug 11, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    Serious question: I know when I went through the process the CHL teams only covered education if you didn’t go pro……and by PRO they meant ANY level of PRO hockey. So if I played in the CHL and played 2 GAMES in the ECHL my college education package was GONE. Does anyone know if this is still how it works? If so, then the whole Education Package is a joke. I would hope the CHL has changed that rule to NHL or AHL by now or there are 80% of the CHL players who go without an education package.

    • windmiller4 - Aug 11, 2012 at 2:37 PM

      Its still like that, which is why more canadians are going the the ushl because they want to play college

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