GOJHL to Appeal OHA Decision

I got this from The Bay Observer.

http://bayobserver.ca/oha-board-rejects-gojhl-request-junior-status/

GOJHL SET TO APPEAL OHA DECISION

After their request for reclassification as a Junior A league within the Ontario Hockey Association was rejected, the GOJHL Junior A Transition Team has filed an appeal of the decision with Scott Farley, the president of the OHA.

In a release today, the transition team stated that the response did not come as a surprise to the Transition team given that this was the position put forth by OHA Chairman Leo Lostracco at the commencement of the meeting held on April 5th. The release goes on to state that reasons not stated in the governing body’s media release included that the OHA had entered into a “Collaborative Agreement” with the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL) which explicitly provides them with exclusive rights as the only Junior A league under the OHA umbrella.

The GOJHL also believes that a statement from Lostracco during the April 5th meeting stating that the collaborative agreement was done on the direction of the OHF to be false. It goes on to state that this collaborative agreement was done without the knowledge of or consultation of the Junior B and Junior C leagues, which account for nearly 90% of its’ members.

“In order for our request to be given the full unencumbered and unbiased consideration it deserves,” read the statement from Joe Machado, Chair of the GOJHL Junior A Transition Team, “it was essential to proceed to the OHF as expeditiously as possible. The GOJHL Junior A Transition Team is well prepared to present the merits of becoming a Junior A league, to a governing body that respects and shares the values of integrity and transparency just as it does.”

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3 Comments

  1. RocketGirl

    June 27, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    Apparently the OHF won’t hear the Transition Team’s appeal.

    http://blackburnnews.com/chatham/chatham-news/2014/06/27/junior-hockey-appeal-turned-down/

  2. RocketGirl

    June 25, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    This is the only thing I’ve found about the OHF appeal.

    It is from one of the OJHL forums.

    http://www.network54.com/Forum/243529/thread/1397319040/last-1403289495/GOJHL+status-

    Anonymous
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    Re: Re-GOJHLNo score for this post June 18 2014, 11:38 AM

    The GOJHL was denied by the OHA. The OHF then upheld the OHA’s decision without even hearing the GOJHL’s appeal. The only option left is to appeal to Hockey Canada who will once again uphold the decision of the OHA and OHF.

    The OHA signed into a 7 year agreement that saw the OJHL as the only Junior A branded league under it’s jurisdiction for that period. I believe this will be the 4th year of that agreement. The GOJHL thinks there are holes in this agreement and they will fight on that basis.

    The GOJHL can hold out for as long as they want but even a Hockey Canada appeal will not heard and a decision rendered before the coming season starts so at least one more season at the Junior B moniker.

    It’s no big deal and doesn’t affect the OJHL really for this year anyway. The players signed from the GOJHL would not be sent back to their original teams and the $1500 A/B agreement would disappear so you would not see an exodus of players from the OJHL. It would be a convincing act to get players for future years to go. I honestly don’t see it creating much change in the landscape. Maybe I’m naive.

    I cannot confirm this information anywhere. The OHF’s website is not as user friendly in finding information, like the OHA’s site. I’ve heard from some other people that they’ve heard the same thing, that the OHF has denied the appeal, but as far as I know, the OHF hasn’t issued anything official on it.

  3. Solar

    June 25, 2014 at 11:16 am

    Any news on the GOJHL Jr A re-classification appeal ? Things have been pretty quiet. There is no doubt that the league should be a Jr.A League. I watch a lot of OJHL hockey and St Kitts or Caledonia would have beaten any OJHL team in a playoff series. The rest of GOJHL is as strong as the balance of OJHL teams

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