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U.S. Colleges Quiet On the Spitfires Punishment

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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Luongo-is-my-hero's avatar

they have no reason to gloat, since instead of paying their players, they make them work for free.  College football teams and basketball teams all making MILLIONs and Millions of ticket sales and branded jerseys, etc.  Enough so to pay some coaches millions of dollars.

Posted by Luongo-is-my-hero on 08/13/12 at 05:43 PM ET

NHLJeff's avatar

True, but the kids get their education and the universities get money to invest throughout their programs.

Posted by NHLJeff from Pens fan in Denver on 08/13/12 at 07:41 PM ET


College football teams and basketball teams all making MILLIONs and Millions of ticket sales and branded jerseys, etc.  Enough so to pay some coaches millions of dollars.

At a lot of schools football and/or basketball pays for other sports, including hockey.  I don’t really understand the whole argument about how it’s unfair that players don’t get paid in college because it’s not like there’s a guy who keeps all that money they generate.  If the Leafs weren’t paying players it would be ludicrous but at a college?  Spreading that money around the athletics program isn’t really unfair to anyone.  Sure there are administrators and coaches who make more than they probably should (in most states the highest paid public employee is a football or basketball coach), but try to tell someone struggling with 6 figures of college debt that the student-athletes get nothing for their efforts.  Besides, more than a few of those student athletes wouldn’t be able to get into college at all if it weren’t for athletics.  If the system is unfair to anyone it’s the kid who can’t get into his or her dream school because there’s a 5 star QB that gets in with a 2.0 GPA.

Posted by RoneFace on 08/13/12 at 10:23 PM ET

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