Why it might be a good thing for junior teams to pay minimum wage – and be fewer of them

Ken Campbell
QMJHL action  (Photo by Francois Laplante/Freestyle Photo/Getty Images)

Let’s get one thing out of the way immediately. I am not comparing junior hockey teams to sweatshops. That would be ridiculous. But it seems the arguments we’ve been hearing lately to keep junior hockey from paying its players minimum wage has some parallels to those who defend sweatshops.

There are those who will point out that as bad as sweatshops are, they’re a lot better than the alternative for a good number of people. Pulling a rickshaw or working the land for even less money than people make in a sweatshop can make the case for them a little more compelling. There have been those who have opined that some people in Third World countries are, in fact, better off because of the existence of sweatshops.

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Who should host the historic 100th Memorial Cup?

Ryan Kennedy
The Edmonton Oil Kings, led by Griffin Reinhart (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The CHL just announced the bidding guidelines for the 100th Memorial Cup, which is to take place in 2018. While hosting duties are usually given out on a rotating basis to a team from the OHL, WHL or QMJHL, the centennial showdown is open to cities from all three circuits – so while technically it should be the Quebec League’s turn, it may not turn out that way.

The three leagues will conduct their own bid processes and then submit up to two potential hosts by Nov. 16, 2016. A National Site Selection Committee will hear the bids no later than Jan. 31, 2017 and make a final decision by the first week of February.

So which cities could we see in the running? Let’s break it down.

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Senators minor-league affiliate shakeup could see AHL team land in Belleville

Ian Denomme
Belleville Bulls. (Getty Images)

A year after its OHL team left town, the Eastern Ontario city of Belleville may have its sights set on a replacement.

There are whispers and reports in the area that Belleville could become the new home of the Ottawa Senators’ AHL affiliate. The partnership would make sense, logistically at least. Belleville is about 155 miles from Ottawa and the growing trend in hockey is to have the NHL team’s top affiliate nearby to make for quick, easy travel back and forth.

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Here are the need-to-know picks from the CHL Import Draft

Filip Hronek (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The CHL Import Draft establishes major junior rights for European players and it’s never a dull process. Because the kids picked are under no pressure to come over here, it’s never just a matter of Best Player Available. And since junior teams all have different rebuilding/contending cycles, sometimes BPA is irrelevant anyway. Some have already been drafted by NHL teams; other younger picks are hoping to boost their stock for upcoming drafts. Each CHL franchise gets two picks, but some pass because they are already set with their quota of two imports. With another draft in the books, let’s take a look at some of the most important names that were called today.

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