good luck with that
It appears that the Daily and Kitchener have settled without ever going to court. The Daily issued a retraction of their story saying
The Daily clarifies here that, while it was at the time reporting a story of importance to the Michigan sports community, and that its source made the claims reported in the story, if all of the facts had been known to the Daily, including the denials that were not initially reported, and the subsequent OHL investigation that found no violation, the Daily would not have published the story. The Daily has accordingly removed the story from its website.
While Kitchener releases a little propoganda
It is unfortunate that there are individuals so intent on harming our organization that they would fabricate and disseminate harmful lies. It is particularly unfortunate that they chose to implicate Jacob Trouba and his family, who should not have had to answer to the baseless allegation.”
I also hear that Kitchener's COO had 11 hole-in-ones on his first time golfing. I'm guessing the OHL penalties on Windsor drove this to completion because I doubt Kitchener wanted the OHL to go digging more and I'm sure the Daily just wanted to be done with it.
Well the question has been answered about Steven Racine today, he is on the roster. Something also interesting, Racine is the first Michigan hockey player since Tim Keough in the 1990-91 season to wear the #1 jersey.
Really hope they forgot to add him on the roster......or else that puts a lot of pressure on Rutledge to succeed fast.
I just read an interesting article about the cancellation clause in Michigan's contract with the NHL re the Winter Classic. Apparently, the NHL can get out of the contract up to the last minute for only $100K (plus UM's actual expenses). This gives the NHL flexibility to go forward with the event even if a collective bargaining agreement with the players is not reached until December.
At first I thought UM might have gotten screwed by only getting $100,000 even if they spend the bucks necessary to prepare, but it will also be reimbursed for it's expenses (if the contract is cancelled after November 3).
I don't follow hockey much and was not even aware that the season might be interrupted by a strike. I am still trying to get my head around having a hockey game in Michigan Stadium on New Years' Day when (traditionalist as I am), I think the entire focus should be on Michigan playing football somewhere.
OHL ANNOUNCES FINES / SANCTIONS
For Immediate ReleaseFriday, August 10th, 2012 Toronto, ON -
The Ontario Hockey League, (OHL), 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. ###
This, as far as I know, is completely out of left field, I don't think anybody ever expected the OLH to actually do anything about any of it's clubs that are widely considered to be dirty, with varying degrees of proof, but this is pretty huge, the OHL itself acknowledging at least the existence of dirty dealings in the OHL. It may be a one off thing, or it could lead to a lot more of these, if the OHL finally decides to kind of clean house. Something to keep an eye on at least.
In regards to Michigan Hockey, who knows if it will help a ton, but it certainly doesn't hurt, one more strike against the OHL. If this happens to a few more clubs and the illegal stuff gets reduced considerably, that might help Michigan quite a bit. At the very least we'll find out what happens if you put NCAA and OHL on a more level playing field.
Just bought my tickets to the first game on Thursday night vs tech.
Michigan vs tech will be the later game on Thursday night, December 27 at Comerica Park, while western vs state will be the first game.
Can't wait to make it 3 straight GLI Championships. GO BLUE!