Archive for August 10th, 2012
The OHL came down hard on the Windsor Spitfires today, fining the team 400-Thousand Dollars. The league also will take 3 first and 2 second round draft picks for violating the League’s Player Benefit and Recruitment Rules and Policies. Rich Garton spoke with the commissioner by phone this afternoon.
Mother Nature is a baseball fan, but she doesn’t always cooperate weather wise. Brent Lale has the aches and rains from day three of the Baseball Canada Cup.
In this story: Mike Lumley, Marc Picard
Day three game action between Ontario and Alberta.
In this story: Brent Cleland, JD Osborne
We are in receipt of the decision by the Ontario Hockey League regarding the Windsor Spitfires Hockey Club and completely deny all accusations that have been put forward.
It is the team’s position that there is no evidence to support this decision, nor did the league follow due process or its own rules regarding procedural fairness in the making of this decision.
We will pursue all avenues of appeal regarding the decision made by the Commissioner, David Branch.
We are proud members of the Ontario Hockey League and will be vigorously defending the well-deserved and established reputation of our hockey club as an exemplary organization both on and off the ice, through the appropriate appeal process.
We will have no further comment until the appeal process is complete, in which we are confident will result in this decision being overturned.
The Ontario Hockey League has levied fines totaling $400,000.00 against the Windsor Spitfires Hockey Club and taken away three 1st round draft selections and two 2nd round draft selections from the Spitfires.
“In 2009 the Board of Governors of the Ontario Hockey League developed the OHL ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM which is designed to address and attempt to eliminate violations of the RULES and impose appropriate penalties if violations occur. The enforcement process is an integral part of the process to ensure integrity and fair play among the MEMBER TEAMS. One of the fundamental principles of the enforcement process is to ensure that those MEMBER TEAMS that are abiding by the rules are not disadvantaged by their commitment to compliance”, stated OHL Commissioner David Branch.
“The League conducted two separate investigations led by our Director of Security and Enforcement, and in considering all the facts, I was persuaded that the Windsor Spitfires Hockey Club violated the League’s Player Benefit and Recruitment Rules and Policies. While the penalties may appear to be severe, the League and its Member Teams recognize for any such violations of our Recruitment / Benefit Rules and Policies, we must send a strong message to preserve the integrity of our League”, concluded Branch.
In addition to the fine, the Windsor Spitfires shall forfeit 1st round selections in the annual OHL Priority Selection in the years 2013, 2014, 2016, and 2nd round selections in the OHL Priority Selection Process for the years 2015 and 2017.