On­tario ap­pears to back OHL

The Chatham Daily News - - SPORTS -

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.”

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