Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 08/13/12 at 01:51 PM ET
from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,
You’d think they’d be gloating.
You’d think they’d be spouting, “I told you so.”
Instead, they are playing their cards close to the vest.
As the hockey world still tries to wrap its collective psyche around the stunning punishment meted out Friday to the Windsor Spitfires by Ontario Hockey League commissioner Dave Branch for violations of the league’s recruitment and benefits policies, those in the U.S. college hockey fraternity, who for years have suggested that major junior clubs were skirting the rules in order to poach players bound for NCAA schools, are opting to take the high road.
The Spitfires were fined $400,000 and docked five draft picks – three first-round choices and two second-round selections between 2013-2017.
Perhaps in private, U.S. college hockey people are doing cartwheels of delight, but for public consumption, they’ve opted to hit the mute button.
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