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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

WINTERHAWKS STATEMENT

What follows is a summary of the league's findings, and a statement from Johnston:

The Winterhawks were found to have committed the following violations:

• A player contract signed in 2009, involving flights for the player's family and a summer training program
• Over the last five years, seven families were provided flights 2-4 times per season based on financial need and their distance from Portland
• Twice in the last five years the team paid for two players to each have a one-week summer training regimen
• The Winterhawks provided a cell phone for its team captain for a period of three seasons

The WHL's audit found no violations involving monetary payments made to players, their families or agents, or any violations related to the league's educational packages.

"After fully cooperating with the league's investigation, we were extremely surprised at the excessive nature of the sanctions, and we don't feel they are in line with the scope of the violations we were found to have committed," said Johnston.

"We believe that apart from recruiting trips and parents' weekend, there is no prohibition in the rules governing flights for players' parents, which were the majority of the infractions," continued Johnston. "We are currently exploring our options on how we will proceed. Despite our objections, the league has made its decision, and our players will continue to pursue the goal of winning a WHL championship."

(Courtesy Portland Winterhawks)
Sent from my BlackBerry® wireless handheld

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

If you believe that is ALL the corruption, you should take your head out of your ass. These guys have reeked of corruption for years.

Anonymous said...

And you know that how???

Anonymous said...

Well, um, THEY GOT CAUGHT! Is that a bit if a key for you? Duh.

Anonymous said...

Your quote was "These guys have reeked of corruption for years". Just because they "got caught" does not mean they've been doing it for years. Prove it or shut up. Duh.