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IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING NON-SANCTIONED LEAGUES
Submitted By Jacques Laurin on Thursday, January 23, 2020
Over the past couple of years, the Ontario Rep Hockey League (ORHL) has been actively recruiting players in the surrounding area offering the lure of “rep” hockey.  These leagues include; Red Circle, Cobras and the Ice Dawgs in London and now Stratford Silver Knights.  Players are not allowed to play for both a Sanctioned Hockey Canada League (Rotary Hockey) and an Non-Sanctioned League during the same hockey season.



The ORHL is a local hockey league which Hockey Canada defines as an non-sanctioned league meaning it operates outside of the auspices of both Hockey Canada. We believe that it is important to educate our participants and the public about these non-sanctioned organizations and leagues.

The following are some excerpts of Hockey Canada’s bulletin (which can be viewed in it's entirety here ):

As the governing body of amateur hockey in Canada, Hockey Canada is committed to offering the best development programs in the world. Hockey Canada and our Members have invested significant resources in the development of officials, coaches, administrators and players countrywide. We have a committed strategy toward a cohesive long-term athlete development model and we feel our programs are second to none in sport.

Because these Non-Sanctioned Leagues operate outside of our structure, the Ontario Hockey Federation has no way of ensuring that those Leagues implement many of the fundamental safeguards inherent in Hockey Canada programs. As a result, those Leagues may not be using the same Playing Rules that Hockey Canada has implemented to protect player safety and may not provide adequate insurance for their participants. We also cannot ensure that the quality of play in these Leagues matches the level advertised.
The Ontario Hockey Federation respects the right of every individual to choose between participating in a Hockey Canada sanctioned league or a Non-Sanctioned League at the beginning of each hockey season. Every individual who makes the choice to Participate in a Non-Sanctioned League, however, must understand the ramifications of that choice, as described in greater detail in Section III of the policy.


CONSEQUENCES OF SUPPORTING OR PARTICIPATING IN A NON-SANCTIONED LEAGUE

1) Any individual who Participates in a Non-Sanctioned League after the Cut-Off Date (Sept 30th) will lose all privileges with the Ontario Hockey Federation for the remainder of that season, and, subject to paragraph (3), may only apply for the reinstatement of those privileges after the end of that season.

2) The OHF and its Members across the OHF will make every effort to ensure that local minor hockey associations in areas where Non- Sanctioned Leagues exist are not supporting these Leagues in any manner whatsoever. For greater certainty, “supporting” includes, but is not limited to, assisting a Non-Sanctioned League directly or indirectly through advertisement, promotion, ticket sales, volunteer activities, assigning Officials, sharing resources or enabling such a League to participate in Hockey Canada sanctioned activities. We will withhold tournament sanctions and will preclude such associations from benefiting from any OHF sanctioned event by whatever means necessary, including the withdrawal of any such event from any community within the geographic boundaries of that association if need be to stress this point.

 
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