Ontario appears to back OHL
Commissioner David Branch is standing firm in his belief that the players in the Ontario Hockey League are there for the love of the game, and shouldn’t be getting paid for their services.
It appears that the Ontario government agrees.
Branch sent a letter to the provincial government on Monday as an effort to keep the league’s 425 players under the title of amateur athletes, and not allow them to potentially become employees regulated by provincial employment standards legislation, like some people are trying to make happen.
The government responded to Branch’s letter on Thursday, with Michael Tibollo, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, offering support.
“I want you to know, that our government is behind you,” said Tibollo. “We are going to do everything in our capacity to grow and support the Ontario Hockey League and junior hockey across our province.
“I want to reassure the OHL and the people of Ontario that we are actively looking at providing this clarity to the OHL and we will have more to say in the coming weeks.”