Posts Tagged ‘Windsor Spitfires’
Former Spitfires assistant coach DJ Smith returned to Windsor this week.
Interviews: DJ Smith, Bob Boughner
Windsor Spitfires hosting the London Knights in OHL action, the Spits looking for revenge of an 8-2 loss two weeks ago.
In this story: Josh Ho-Sang, Jaroslav Pavelka, Seth Griffith, Matt Rupert
Out For Redemption
The Windsor Spitfires will be looking for some payback against the London Knights when the two teams meet Thursday, Bob Bellacicco reports.
In this story: Brady Vail, Bob Jones
With no new talks scheduled between the NHL and NHLPA, Friday it is expected the league will announce the cancellation of the Winter Classic. What that means for the planned outdoor games involving OHL teams is unknown, most likely those games will be postponed until next year, but some current knights are holding on to hope the games still go ahead as planned.
In this story: Kevin Bailie, Scott Harrington
A new OHL season is about to begin, one that will come with some interesting fighting rules. Bob Bellacicco with a quick lesson on what the players will need to learn.
In this story: David Branch, Ty Bilcke, Bob Bellacicco
The Spitfires aren’t talking. Are they plotting a counter move after being hit with the toughest punishment in OHL history? Bob Bellacicco reports.
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.
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.
The announcement took five months to become official, but today the OHL explained why it hadn’t attached it’s name to the Winter Classic earlier.
In this story: Craig Goslin, Mike Vellucci