22 U. Denv. Sports & Ent. L.J. 213 (2019)
Paid to Play - The Canadian Hockey League Players Class Action Litigation

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    PAID  TO  PLAY?   - THE  CANADIAN HOCKEY LEAGUE
            PLAYERS CLASS ACTION LITIGATION

                   By: Kenneth  Win. Thornicroft*

                            ABSTRACT

In 2014, the National Labor Relations Board's Regional Director ruled
that scholarship football players at Northwestern  University were
employees . Subsequently, in 2015, the full board, andwithout deciding
the players' status, declined to assert jurisdiction effectively ending the
dispute. There are parallels between this dispute and lawsuits currently
before the Canadian  courts involving the Canadian  Hockey  League
(CHL').   The CHL   is nominally an  amateur  league and  is the
principal development league for players hoping to pursue a career as a
professional hockey player. The players claim they are employees
under provincial employment standards statutes. The CHL maintains that
the players are student athletes , akin to NCAA Division I scholarship
athletes. This article examines the similarities and distinctions between
CHL  players and NCAA  Division I athletes, discusses the CHL litigation,
the probable outcome, and the possible ramifications of this litigation for
the CHL  and its players.


* 0 Kenneth Wm. Thornicroft, LL.B./J.D., Ph.D., Barrister & Solicitor; Professor of
Law & Employment Relations; Peter B. Gustavson School of Business, University of
Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia CANADA V8W 2Y2

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