At some point soon, major junior hockey will have to better define and formalize — get it in writing, as it is said — how it compensates its players.
The Canadian Hockey League issued a statement in response to Monday's Toronto Star bombshell about a class-action lawsuit that "seeks $180 million in outstanding wages, vacation, holiday and overtime pay and employer payroll contributions for thousands of young players."The CHL's fallback position appears to be that its some 1,300 players are "student-athletes." That term itself has taken a beating, primarily from author Taylor Branch's 2011 denunciation and deconstruction of the legalistic history behind the use of "student-athlete" in the NCAA, and the ruling in the O'Bannon vs. NCAA case, so it's interesting that a term that major U.S. college athletic programs can barely justify using any more is being utilized by three member leagues and 60 teams, most of which are private businesses. The difference is the players can get educationalRead More »from CHL responds to $180-million class action lawsuit over wages: 'We believe that our players are amateur student athletes'