Hockey player files suit against CHL for unpaid wages
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11-01-2012, 12:02 PM
Join Date: Mar 2008
Perhaps the CHL just needs to reassess the availability of the education money.
The CHL is designed to develop Professional hockey players. Those who go on to earn sizable salaries in the NHL, European leagues, and even the AHL have been done right by the league.
The league simply cannot hold money for the players it puts into pro leagues, who can now afford their own education if they stop playing for whatever reason.
I'd propose that once a player signs an NHL contract, their education package is wiped. That comes with the signing of a sizable bonus, plus whatever money is earned while employed by that team. Those who go on to play AHL on an AHL contract should be granted an extension on the 18 months.
Those who do not pursue hockey after the OHL should remain at 18 months. They have 18 months to either request to use their education money, or to continue on in hockey, at which time the deadline to use the education money can be extended.
A union requesting minimum wage on top of all the expenses teams pay for, is stupid.
I see that battle going like "Here is the minimum wage you requested, and here are your bills for equipment, lodging, transportation, oh and a small fee for using the facilities"
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