TSN: Washington legislators acted against legal advice

Hurricanes fill out coaching staff
By Gregg Drinnan
August 13, 2015 9:13 P.M.


F Daniel Bohác (Spokane, 1998-2000) signed a one-year contract with Clermont-Ferrand (France, Division 2). Last season, with Ceské Budejovice (Czech Republic, 1. Liga), he had six goals and nine assists in 46 games. . . .
F Craig McCallum (Edmonton, Prince Albert, 2007-10) signed a one-year contract with the Edinburgh Capitals (Scotland, UK Elite). Last season, with the University of Saskatchewan (CIS), he had 12 goals and 14 assists in 28 games. He also played for Canada at the World University Games, winning bronze.
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“An investigation of the Western Hockey League (WHL) for possible child-labor violations by the state Department of Labor and Industries ended without a decision,” writes Walker Orenstein of the Seattle Times. “Department spokesman Matthew Erlich said a state law amended in the spring exempted the league from many labor laws, such as minimum-wage and child-labor protections, prompting the investigation to close. The department began investigating after a 2013 complaint by Glenn Gumbley on behalf of an organization he calls the Canadian Hockey League Players Association.” . . . Orenstein’s story is right here.
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Meanwhile, TSN senior correspondent Rick Westhead writes: “Washington state legislators passed a law in May that gives Western Hockey League teams the legal right to avoid paying players minimum wage against the legal advice of the state's assistant attorney general, according to government case files. In a memo written weeks before the controversial WHL bill was signed by governor Jay Inslee, Washington state assistant attorney general Katy Dixon explained to staff that players should probably be considered as employees, and, as such, should have protection under minimum wage laws.” . . . Westhead’s story is right here. Make sure to read the last three paragraphs, which explain four questions TSN asked of the WHL, and contain a response from commissioner Ron Robison.
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D Josh Connolly has decided not to return to the Prince George Cougars for his 20-year-old season. Instead, he will attend UBC and play for the Thunderbirds. That doesn’t mean the Cougars are turning their backs on Connolly. General manager Todd Harkins has told Ted Clarke of the Prince George Citizen that Connolly is welcome to return before the Jan. 10 deadline. . . . Clarke’s story is right here.
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QMJHLF Joe Veleno, who was granted exceptional status by Hockey Canada and then was selected first overall by the Saint John Sea Dogs in the QMJHL draft, made his exhibition debut on Thursday night. He did it in style, too, scoring one goal and adding two assists as the host Sea Dogs blanked the Acadie-Bathurst Titan, 5-0. . . . The game opened the QMJHL’s exhibition season. . . . Being granted exceptional status allows Veleno to play major junior hockey as a 15-year-old. Veleno, from Kirkland, Que., will be eligible for the NHL’s 2018 draft.
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Coaching Game
The Lethbridge Hurricanes have added Josh MacNevin to their coaching staff as an assistant. MacNevin, 38, will work alongside head coach Brent Kisio and assistant coach Mike Craig. . . . From Calgary, MacNevin spent last season as an assistant coach with the U of Lethbridge Pronghorns. . . . The Hurricanes have rebuilt two-thirds of their coaching staff. Kisio, who had been with the Calgary Hitmen, replaced Peter Anholt, who stepped aside in order to focus on being the general manager. MacNevin fills the void created when assistant coach Bryan Maxwell was released.
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Concussion Report
Ben Utecht’s NFL career was cut short by his fifth documented concussion, one that resulted in some memory loss. Now Utecht is writing his memoir, titled Counting the Days Until My Mind Slips Away: A Love Letter to My Family. . . . There’s more right here.
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