Documents filed by the plaintiffs also a sworn statement from John Chartrand, a former player for the Niagara Ice Dogs, Barrie Colts and Belleville Bulls, who writes that he knows that some star players have given money on what the league has allowed standard contract. Given the legal exclusions in effect for all CHL players, the only claims that may be valid are those for players who played before the exclusions came into effect. Most, if not all, of these claims are now probably prescribed. The situation regarding WHL players who played for a B.C. team is even more problematic given the B.C. Court of Appeal decision at Macaraeg v. E Care Contact Centers Ltd. The Court of Appeal held that the legal wage claims under the Employment Standards Act (for example. B a right to overtime pay) must be prosecuted as part of the status dispute resolution process and cannot be invoked in civil courts (the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed the appeal). If players could assert a contractual right to salaries, macaraeg might not apply, but the only contractual right that might seem to be justified is the players` weekly scholarships – the amounts that the teams have already paid.
Prior to the 2013-14 season, the SPA had another language for refunds (they were called fees) and guaranteed up to $50 per week (or $150 per week for aging players) for the cost of living. It did not contain any money for off-season training and required a player not to use his education package more than 18 months after the end of his last OHL season. Beyond the age of the players – and of course the lack of reasonable compensation – there are few things that distinguish the life of a professional hockey player (and in particular a professional minor league player) from a CHL player. In terms of league schedules, travel, exercises, individual and team meetings, off-ice training and control of player life (during and even outside of playing time), the CHL resembles professional hockey – and even models itself afterwards. CHL players, like their professional counterparts, can be traded during or outside of game time. In each given CHL game, several players on the ice have already signed CONTRACTS in the NHL (and get signing bonuses) and will be paid in accordance with the terms of the NHL collective bargaining agreement while playing in the CHL.  Some of these players may have already played several games in the NHL (for which they were paid their NHL level salaries) before being posted to their big junior club. In this scenario, the large junior club essentially works as a “firm” development team for the NHL team that owns the player`s rights.
How is such a player an “employee” during the NHL game, but only an “amateur” athlete while playing in the CHL? In fact, the NCAA considers the CHL a professional league and players who even play a single game in the CHL or sign a CHL SPA are no longer allowed to play NCAA college hockey. A number of performance bonuses, including $5,000, if the player is selected in the first round of the NHL draft, $2,000 if named CHL Player of the Year, and $1,000 if he is awarded a spot on Canada`s junior team.