Mike Spath points out that doing an interview for the official site is a pretty good indicator he'll be back.
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!
Traded to NYR for Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, Tim Erixon, and a 1st rounder. Along with Nash, Cbus is sending a 3rd rounder and a minor league dman.
Its rumored that Detroits offer was better, but Cbus wouldn't trade with Det.
Also Nashville finally holds on to someone. They avoided arbitration with Sergei Kostitsyn
As the title states, will the fine affect the PSU hockey program and creation of the B1G hockey conference?
So after a quiet couple of weeks since the beginning of NHL free agency, Shea Weber (RFA) signs an offer sheet with the Flyers for 14/$110 which appears to be mostly based on signing bonuses. Can someone with more knowledge explain how that would impact the cap? Think Nashville would match. My opinion, in the words of Kanye, is that shit cray. Has anyone been following the new CBA negotiations? I was reading that they're trying to limit contract length to 5 years in the new CBA. As a Wings' fan (NHL fan in general too), this kinda sucks since it dries up the FA market. Potential 2013 FAs look to be slim as well. I also can't help but laugh as I watch Nashville get dismantled. I've hated the Preds for the past 5 seasons or so.
Something that just came across twitter from College Hockey News that has me thinking:
"You thought last offseason was "college hockey Apocalypse"? .. now imagine Penn State getting booted from Big Ten ..."
Now I still am skeptical that the B1G will boot Penn State...but lets just assume for a moment that they do. Then all hell breaks loose in the world of College Hockey:
If PSU gets booted, there are only 5 Big Ten teams remaining in D1 hockey...not enough to form a conference. Where do these teams go? Do they stay together and try to get in the NCHC? Do they try to get in the WCHA? Do they go into survival mode and try to get in where they can at the expense of fellow B1G schools? The other conferences would have all the leverage over the B1G schools.
This is a very unlikely situation...I don't see it happening. However, all these reports about different organizations deciding how to drop proverbial bombs on PSU could cause another crazy summer(s) in the world of college hockey.
I think this is a very interesting what if scenario. What do you think would happen?