GARRIOCH: Not so quick, Premier Doug Ford says he needs the OHL to return with physique checking

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It might be troublesome for the OHL to return if there’s no physique checking allowed. Initially, it’s a part of the sport at this degree and, secondly, as former 67’s normal supervisor and coach Brian Kilrea told this space Saturday the league would have to adapt its rulebook in order to make it work.

Andre Tourigny, the 67’s head coach and VP of hockey operations, mentioned he’ll simply comply with no matter instructions the province and the league give him when play resumes.

“I can’t think about the OHL not enjoying so that might be even more durable,” Tourigny mentioned Sunday from Ottawa. “The people who find themselves accountable for it on either side are far more competent than me. No person awoke this morning and thought, ‘Okay we’re going to screw these guys up’ from the league or the federal government.


“I don’t have the knowledge. What’s the rationale? The place’s the hazard in all of it? I’m positive they may do their due diligence, they’ll converse to individuals approach smarter than me they usually’ll arrive with an answer or protocols. That’s my expectation, that these individuals will shield our gamers, our product, our league and nationwide sport. I’m positive all people has the fitting intentions right here.”

Sarnia Sting's Owen Saye hits Saginaw Spirit's Cole Perfetti (91) during the 2019-20 OHL season at Progressive Auto Sales Arena. Mark Malone
Sarnia Sting’s Owen Saye hits Saginaw Spirit’s Cole Perfetti (91) through the 2019-20 OHL season at Progressive Auto Gross sales Area. Picture by Mark Malone /POSTMEDIA

Sure, all people needs to verify the sport is performed in a secure surroundings, but when there’s no skill for the contributors to compete for the puck bodily that might change the sport. Battles for unfastened pucks can be utterly completely different and lots of have weighed in on the topic.

“I used to be glad to see a reversal of that place and it makes complete sense,” mentioned Ottawa-based lawyer Andy Scott, an agent for Octagon Hockey, who symbolize loads of OHL gamers, Sunday. “Given the truth that you’re stepping into the principles of a sport the place you may have gamers which can be making an attempt to become hockey gamers enjoying the fitting approach and be taught the sport to get to the subsequent degree, you should have physique contact to correctly put together.”