The OHL gave up a few goals on Wednesday as Ontario Supreme Court Justice Paul Perell ruled that it will be on the hook for more than $1.1 million in costs should it lose the minimum-wage class-action lawsuit that it is facing.
Rick Westhead of TSN has been closely following the lawsuit and tweeted: “Tough week for OHL in its ‘Chernobyl meltdown’ minimum wage lawsuit. . . .”
In reasons for decision, Justice Perell wrote that the plaintiffs “seek partial indemnity costs of $1,212,065.63 inclusive of HST and disbursements of $145,027.78.”
Justice Perell also explained that the OHL and the CHL, the defendants, “submit that there should be $0.00 costs for the certification motion or in the alternative the costs awarded should be substantially reduced and ordered in the cause.”
The OHL’s American franchises were ruled to be outside the lawsuit and they were seeking costs of $224,362.91 — “$52,691.05 in fees and $171,671.86 in disbursements, inclusive of the $149,404,57 plus HST fee of the Defendants’ U.S. law expert, David Dunn.”
Justice Perell awarded the plaintiffs $1,212,065.63, “all inclusive, $500,000 payable forthwith with the balance of $712,065.63 payable to the Plaintiffs in the cause.”
He continued: “I award the American teams $200,000, which is to be credited against the award made against the commonly represented Defendants.
“The result is that the Defendants should pay the Plaintiffs $300,000 forthwith and $0.00 subsequently if the Defendants succeed at the common issues trial and $712,065.63 if the Defendants are unsuccessful, all subject to the discretion of the court hearing the common issues trial.”
According to another tweet from Westhead, “Lawyers for plaintiffs say they are also waiting to see what a Calgary judge will award for costs to this point in WHL min. wage case.”
Obviously, this is a costly process, and it’s getting costlier by the day. There also is no end in sight.
The Kootenay Ice has acquired G Kurtis Chapman, 19, from the Regina Pats in exchange for a conditional sixth-round selection in the 2018 WHL bantam draft. Chapman, from Airdrie, Alta., finished last season with the MJHL’s Portage Terriers. He was 2.94, .905 in 16 regular-season appearances, then went 2.07, .931 in 12 playoff games as the Terriers won the league title. . . . The Pats selected Chapman in the seventh round of the 2013 bantam draft. . . . He got into one game with Regina in 2015-16 and two in 2016-17. . . . Chapman now is one of four goaltenders on the Ice’s roster, joining Mario Petit, 20, who was acquired from the Everett Silvertips over the summer; Bailey Brkin, 18, who came over from the Swift Current Broncos last week; and Jesse Makaj, 16, who was a second-round selection in the 2016 bantam draft. . . . Regina, meanwhile, is down to two goaltenders — veteran Tyler Brown, 20, and freshman Max Paddock of Brandon, who was a 10th-round selection in the 2015 draft. Paddock is a nephew of John Paddock, the Pats’ general manager and head coach.
Branden Crowe, the radio voice of the Brandon Wheat Kings, reports that F Caiden Daley took part in his first practice of training camp on Wednesday. Daley, 17, had been sidelined with a broken right fibula, having been injured during a summer league game. . . . Daley, who is from Winnipeg, spent part of his summer with the leg in a hard cast, and then with it in a walking boot. . . . “It feels pretty strong honestly, my stamina on the other hand . . . the boys are pretty fast right now,” Daley told Crowe. “The leg felt good, I just need to keep working hard to get back into the lineup as fast as I can.” . . . A first-round selection in the 2015 bantam draft, Daley had two goals and eight assists in 60 games last season. . . . Crowe’s story is right here.
One year after joining the WHL office, Taylor Rocca has been named manager, communications, a move up from co-ordinator, communications. Rocca, 29, is a Calgary native, who had been the sports editor at the Cranbrook Townsman before moving to the WHL. . . . Rocca takes over from Corey St. Laurent, who left in June after three years in the WHL office. . . . From a WHL news release: “Rocca will be responsible for managing all aspects of the WHL communications department, including the WHL online network, WHL.ca, WHL Live and all WHL social media channels. He also will serve as the primary contact for media relations for outlets across Western Canada and the United States. Key within Rocca’s role will be the promotion of the WHL scholarship program and pursuing continued growth of the WHL’s relationship with the Canada West university hockey program.” . . . Meanwhile, Brock Boot remains as the co-ordinator, video and creative services, while Robert Murray has come on board as co-ordinator, communications. He spent the previous four years as a sports reporter with Fort McMurray Today.
The WHL also has announced that Donnie Glennie, a former WHL palyer, is the new manager, hockey operations. Glennie, who replaces Kirt Hill, another former player who left after three years, will be “responsible to lead the WHL player recruitment and development programs.” . . . Hill has joined the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks as an amateur scout. . . . Glennie, 29, is from Winnipeg. He played for the Tri-City Americans and Chilliwack Bruins (2005-08). . . . The WHL also has hired Greg Thomson on a full-time basis as co-ordinator, hockey operations. He spent the past season as hockey operations intern.
TSN’s Bob McKenzie is back from his summer vacation and one of the first things he did upon returning was put together his list of the top 20 prospects for the NHL’s 2018 draft. . . . Swedish D Rasmus Dahlin is No. 1 as he starts his second season with Frolunda of the SHL, Sweden’s top pro league. . . . Only two WHLers — D Ty Smith of the Spokane Chiefs and D Jett Woo of the Moose Jaw Warriors — cracked the top 20. . . . The story and list are right here.
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