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'Time for Federal Government to review Hockey Canada'to the editor,
Posted August 26, 2013
While I don't normally wade into sports questions, because my interests are in things political, the article on Hockey Canada VS the Alliston Coyotes, seems very political indeed.
To me this is nothing more then a monopoly trying to protect its turf. However, I don't remember when Hockey Canada was given a crown charter or who in fact granted them all this authority. Further, I don't see the need for concern. Last time I checked, we were a free country where people can gather in association to pursue their own goals, if Hockey Canada is afraid of a little competition, I would say the problem is with Hockey Canada not the GMHL.
As for the spurious claims about insurance and representing this or that level of play simply don't hold water. Everyone needs to have insurance and it's up to the venue, parents, participants and the government to ensure adequate insurance is maintained. Does Hockey Canada maintain adequate insurance? I'm sure they do, but I have not checked and unless I do, I only have their word for it.
As for representing various levels and advancement paths in hockey etc., that sounds like Hockey Canada has been using terms forever that they never bothered to trademark and now don't want other outfits using. As the old saying goes you snooze you lose. As for the quality of training etc. who's to say that another organization won't produce better results, or that their style might be better for some people and produce great players as well?
Finally, the part where I really get interested is from the perspective of the profitability of the NTRC and other municipal rinks. I am now just figuring out that essentially only a single organization is renting our arenas for league hockey and is actively trying to block another organization from existing. An organization that will pay to rent space in our facilities, thereby defraying the cost of these facilities to the taxpayer.
I don't know about you but that bothers me a lot. In essence the town has built incredibly expensive facilities mainly for the purpose of ice hockey and there is a "private" organization that is actively trying to keep other "Hockey Associations" from forming that would help to fill the building and maybe break even? There is something very wrong with this picture. Perhaps it's time for the Federal Government to review Hockey Canada, its operating mandate and its authority.