Weekly Links: Revelations from lawsuit against OHL and WHL; Dallas Stars troll Trump; UK hockey milestones; and more

  • The ongoing court case by former players against the OHL and WHL has revealed some interesting information that was previously hidden. One finding is the vast disparity between the wealthy teams, which make millions of dollars in profit, and other teams that are losing money. [Sportsnet]
  • Meanwhile, Ken Campbell reports that the CHL’s own filings to the Canadian Intellectual Property Office identify players as professionals – this is in contradiction to the league’s claim that players are amateur. [The Hockey News]
  • Finally, Prince Edward Island, which houses one QMJHL team (the Charlottetown Islanders), may pass legislation that categorizes junior players as “student athletes” rather than professionals, meaning they could not be paid for their labour. [TSN]
  • The Windsor Minor Hockey Association’s president, Dean Lapierre, is being investigated by the Ontario Minor Hockey Association after calling Canadian women protesting Donald Trump’s inauguration “dumb bitches.” [VICE Sports]
  • Speaking of Trump, the Dallas Stars poked fun at the President’s statements about the size of his inauguration crowds, and Joe Pack is a fan of this statement. [Sportsnet]

  • Don Cherry, no stranger to controversy, ripped into his Sportsnet colleague Paul Romanuk because he did not, to Cherry’s tastes, promote Coach’s Corner sufficiently before the intermission began. Yes, you read that correctly. [The Hockey News]
  • An interesting read about US Olympic hopefuls who, rather than joining the NWHL and getting paid, opted to play for free for the Minnesota Whitecaps. [ESPN W]
  • The Arizona Coyotes will be hosting a “Hockey is for Everyone” celebration at a home game in late February. The event will involve the You Can Play Project, among other organizations. [Arizona Coyotes]
  • A minor hockey coach in Hamilton, ON, is facing criminal charges after jumping on the ice to fight a youth player. [CHCH]
  • Some hockey news from the UK. Firstly, legendary Scottish player Tony Hand – who scored 4,250 points during his 34(!) year career – has been elected into the IIHF’s Hall of Fame. [Ice Hockey UK]
  • Secondly, the Nottingham Panthers became the first British team to win the IIHF’s Continental Cup, winning a four team final tournament over clubs from Denmark, Italy, and Kazakhstan. [BBC Sport]
  • In a unique Hollywood/hockey connection, the triplets who starred in the Baby Geniuses films are now teammates on the NCAA’s Bemidji State. [New York Times]

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