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08:30 AM ET 08.21 | The NHL may no longer be the exclusive realm of hockey work stoppages. The idea the world junior hockey tournament or Memorial Cup could, one day, be cancelled because of labour strife isn't quite so far-fetched any more. A union for Canadian Hockey League players has been in the works for more than a year and could go public by the end of this month, QMI Agency reported Monday. ... The group, which calls itself the Canadian Hockey League Players Association, intends to create better representation for major junior players regarding "their rights, education packages and compensation for their use in league branding as well as CHL and Hockey Canada events, particularly the world junior championships."

Toronto Sun

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August 21, 2012  09:12 AM ET

I don't know anything about this issue. So, I won't shoot my mouth off.

Refreshing change, eh?

August 21, 2012  09:16 AM ET
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I don't know anything about this issue. So, I won't shoot my mouth off.

Refreshing change, eh?

Where's the fun in that?

August 21, 2012  09:17 AM ET
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They were talking about this on 590 this morning. Apparently, players get a $50 stipend and R&B, which is what they were making 50 years ago. Pretty awful when you think about it and how much money some junior teams make.

really have to love the game to play for that small amount.....

August 21, 2012  09:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

They were talking about this on 590 this morning. Apparently, players get a $50 stipend and R&B, which is what they were making 50 years ago. Pretty awful when you think about it and how much money some junior teams make.

I would hold out for $100 and some rock and roll.

August 21, 2012  10:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

They were talking about this on 590 this morning. Apparently, players get a $50 stipend and R&B, which is what they were making 50 years ago. Pretty awful when you think about it and how much money some junior teams make.

Agreed- its a joke. They also need to greatly expand the time option for these young men to exercise their educational reimbursement option. I am shocked this has taken so long. Although running a union that has members turn over every 4 years could be a challenge.

August 21, 2012  10:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

They were talking about this on 590 this morning. Apparently, players get a $50 stipend and R&B, which is what they were making 50 years ago. Pretty awful when you think about it and how much money some junior teams make.

While what you say is true, let's not forget that nobody is forcing these guys to play in the WJHC. They go there willingly because they know it's a prime opportunity to showcase their talent, hoping to get drafted as high as possible so they can cash in big time later on. Same goes for the Memorial Cup. Heck, even NHL players don't get much out of busting their arses playing for the Stanley Cup.

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August 21, 2012  11:00 AM ET

Cry me a river boys.

August 21, 2012  11:10 AM ET
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Cry me a river boys.



Here ya go.

August 21, 2012  11:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Here ya go.

awesome....should be played at every Wild's game....

August 21, 2012  11:27 AM ET
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Agreed- its a joke. They also need to greatly expand the time option for these young men to exercise their educational reimbursement option. I am shocked this has taken so long. Although running a union that has members turn over every 4 years could be a challenge.

Some teams do in fact cover post-secondary education for their players. It may be all of them, but I do not know that for sure. But some do indeed, including the greatest Junior team there is, there was, or ever will be, the Oshawa Generals.

August 21, 2012  11:40 AM ET
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Here ya go.

Proof that even i can enjoy some "Hippie Music"...thats good **** Canuck !

August 21, 2012  12:11 PM ET
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Proof that even i can enjoy some "Hippie Music"...thats good **** Canuck !

They all can't have a fiddle and slide guitar.

August 21, 2012  01:05 PM ET
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I don't know anything about this issue. So, I won't shoot my mouth off. Refreshing change, eh?

I'm with you. Maybe someone needs to write an expose about Junior Hockey and how the players are treated like slaves, abused, etc.

August 21, 2012  01:06 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

They were talking about this on 590 this morning. Apparently, players get a $50 stipend and R&B, which is what they were making 50 years ago. Pretty awful when you think about it and how much money some junior teams make.

$50 and Rhythm and Blues. What else could they want. What's a stipend good for if your out in the boonies with no place to spend it?

August 21, 2012  01:12 PM ET
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Here ya go.

Brings me back Canuck:) Back when the band members were paid with baggies, and the girls all went commando.

August 21, 2012  02:38 PM ET
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girls all went commando

ahhh reach down and feels like your feeding a horse?

August 21, 2012  03:48 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

They were talking about this on 590 this morning. Apparently, players get a $50 stipend and R&B, which is what they were making 50 years ago. Pretty awful when you think about it and how much money some junior teams make.

The money isn't really the biggest problem. In most of the cities there are boosters that give out some cash, there's alot of unwritten perks, such as free meals at restaurants and open bar tabs. Obviously it depends alot team by team. The players are put up for free and get their square meals too.

My biggest gripes were the following:

really heavy travel schedule

schedule doesn't take into account the school schedule

not all teams are equally as flexible or as accomodating with school work

the current system allows marginal players to be shuttled up and down at will; those players have NO stability, it's really difficult for those players to study and they also do alot of extra travel.

*I definitely think that the leagues should strike a deal with an airline and have some sort of common travel fund. When a distance to be travelled goes over a certain distance they should be forced to fly. Given that some teams will inevitably fly more than others, they should just have a common pot. I think it's too much asking players to go on a 10 hours bus ride, then play, then get back in the bus.

 
August 21, 2012  03:50 PM ET
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ahhh reach down and feels like your feeding a horse?

LMFAO !!!!! Oh man thats funny NYR ! Thanks for that...still giggling

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