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10-25-2013, 09:53 AM
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The distinction between association and team in such situations was always murky. The reality was that the NHL team would sponsor the "Player", the actual flow of dollars was a function of the non-profit structure at the local level. Sometimes the association was the non-profit entity other times it was the team. Key was getting the dollars into minor or youth hockey.
You are correct, that is typically how the system operated. And I'm just tickling Killion's ribs for playful sport here -- all in good fun.
Bigger picture here is that the distinction between team/player/association sponsorship didn't usually make any significant difference.
I probably shouldn't have referred to Orr here to make my point, since his situation was unique. Rick Thomas's "Early Hockey Years in Parry Sound-- Part II" (The Orr/Crisp Years) offers greater details, as does the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame
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