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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

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CALGARY, AB. - The Western Hockey League announced today the disciplinary action which has been taken against the Portland Winterhawks franchise for a series of violations of the WHL Regulations.
 
As a result of a series of player benefit violations which have occurred over the past four seasons, WHL Commissioner Ron Robison has suspended the Portland Winterhawks from participating in the first five rounds of the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft and the forfeiture of their first round selections in the 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 WHL Bantam Drafts.  Should the first round selection in 2014 not be available due to a conditional trade, Portland will surrender their second and third round picks in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft.  The WHL also announced the Portland Winterhawks have been fined $200,000 and Winterhawks General Manager and Head Coach Mike Johnston has been suspended for the balance of the 2012-13 season, including the 2013 WHL Playoffs.
 
"All WHL Clubs understand they are required to fully comply and respect our League Regulations or they will face significant consequences," stated WHL Commissioner Ron Robison.  "WHL Clubs are required to fully disclose all commitments they make to a player in the WHL Standard Player Agreement.  Our independent investigation in this case revealed there were multiple violations over an extended period for player benefits that are not permitted under WHL Regulations and were not disclosed to the WHL.  It should also be noted through the course of the investigation there was no evidence of any payments or enhanced education benefits provided to players that would be contrary to WHL Regulations as previous media reports indicated."
 
The Western Hockey League will not make any further public comments on this matter.

14 comments:

Tyler said...

Ouch.

Anonymous said...

Certainly harsh but deserved by the sounds of it...you wonder why WH's management would be so dumb to think they could get away with the violations.

Bill W

Anonymous said...

Well maybe it's not so much a matter of a changer here or there to turn things around as fast as they did.

Many organizations do this with the under the table stuff. London Knights are a prime example, but good luck proving that. However in this situation someone didn't get paid. Someone found out someone got more, and voila.

To bad though Portland is very important to the WHL.

Anonymous said...

It proves the CHL doesn't need a union the players may end up worse off!!

Anonymous said...

The penalties seem harsh, but its the only way to ensure small prairie clubs can compete with rich Western clubs.

Anonymous said...

The league should have taken some established players away from them Rattie sure would look good in a Pat's uniform

ND said...

I think this is insane. I believe that the WinterHawks did enter into a grey area but did not specifically violate any certain rules. If all they did was help a couple parents who couldn't afford to get to Portland or give a kid a workout program I think they maybe should of lost 1 draft pick or 2. This penalty seems well over the top.

ND

Anonymous said...

This is a bit harsh given no fines have ever been laid before. Where was the WHL disciplinarian when Red Deer added Martin Hanzal (refusing to join the Pats). Rumour has it the reason was monetary. There are many similar examples with imports.

Anonymous said...

The WHL can't act on "rumours" so obviously WH's didn't deny what they were accused of doing. No doubt there will be an appeal.

Bill W

Anonymous said...

How can you say the penalties were harsh when you don't know what the violations were?
Hanzel was traded from the Pats to the Chiliwack Bruins who traded him to Red Deer. The Pats and all teams for that matter should just let a player like Hanzel sit if he won't report to the team that drafted him and the team, the Pats in this case should get compensated by the league in the next draft.

Anonymous said...

One that hasn't been let out of the bag yet is they were paying some of there players. Rumor has it with the rich owner in Port..some guys were getting paid as much as 2,000-4,000 a month.

Anonymous said...

Two sides to a story, this team will be paying the consequence long term with the lost draft picks. Are there any such precedent sanctions that give judgement too such enormity ? Is there a possible remediation sit down between the two parties, or Is the penalty Imposed final ? If the rules and guidelines have been manipulated, this organization has to own up to It's mandated responsibilities.

Secondary Education Funds said...

Now what do you do with all those private "Secondary Education Funds" that were established, outside of the teams' CHL Education Funds?

Anonymous said...

This action by the WHL is a bit comical. There are so many violations happening right now - paying of imports, payment of cash to import's agents, cash payments to elite players, or purchase of gifts for players and their families. To come down with such drastic santions when for years these things have been going on is a bit of a joke.