Thread: Confirmed with Link: Oilers sign Draisaitl to ELC
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08-15-2014, 04:50 PM
Jek McPorkins
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Originally Posted by doulos View Post
The CHL is just a money making cashcow for the owners who can pay the kids $50/week and make money hand over fist.

Good on Leon for getting away from that if he can.
That's not true at all. The players get all of their expenses paid, plus an allowance, plus access to world-class training facilities, specialized schooling, guaranteed scholarships on a year-for-a-year basis, plus free room and board (billeting families compensated via free season tickets), etc., etc.

Ticket prices are cheap, attendance is often into the low 2000's on weeknights, the team lets STHers reuse unused tickets, they have food specials, giveaways, kids carnivals every Sunday, no tv sponsorship deals, etc., etc.

They donate a lot of money and time to local sports, and I wouldn't be surprised if the Oil Kings are a break-even organization that carries a balance forward to protect against future financial downturn.

It's not a cash cow here. It sure as hell isn't one in Prince Albert, population 30,000. It's probably more a labour of love from local sponsors that keeps the team afloat there.

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