Vicky GrygarBrock University M.A. CandidateSupervisor: Dr. Cathy van Ingen   1
Reclaiming the Rights of Youth                                 2
CHL Promo Video                  3
   London Knights Hockey Club (OHL)     Marketing Intern, April — August, 2011    “Think of the player like a can of cok...
   16-20 years of age     UN categorization of a child: anyone under the age of 18      years   Exceptional player stat...
“I hate the business part of it.They don’t treat you as aperson. It’s just not right.”- Former OHL Player                 ...
Cribb, R. (2012, November 12). Former             Rivet, C. (2012, November 25). Ex-CHLOHLer Milan Doczy denied educationa...
Former OHLer Milan Doczy denied      CHLPA FILES LEGAL ACTION AGAINSTeducational scholarship funding      QMJHLS MOOSEHEAD...
   To conduct a Foucauldian discourse analysis    into the experiences of CHL players.   Examination of power relations ...
Reclaiming the rights of youth                                 10
   Semi-structured interviews     11 participants across all three CHL sister leagues   Document analysis     Investig...
Reclaiming the Rights of Youth                                 12
   United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of the    Child   Article 1     For the purpose of the present Conventi...
   “The fact that the livelihoods of many adults    depend on the child also indicate that elite sport    performed by ch...
Reclaiming the Rights of Youth                                 15
“Explain the process of signing your CHLcontract.”   P: We just signed it right there. I didn’t read it,    didn’t know a...
   P: That’s all it really is…they say “sign here”    and then they just don’t care. As soon as you    sign you can play ...
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“What was your goal while you were playing inthe CHL?”   P: Going to the NHL, just like every friggin    player that’s pl...
   P: I think after being drafted and you start to    play…the next big thing…especially if you’re a 16    year old playi...
   P: You know it starts getting to you.   I: Mentally too?   P: Mentally, ya for sure. I remember I was 16, I    wasn’...
   P: It’s purely business. I’m just a kid at that point,    I’m about to play a game and they’re like okay    you’re rel...
   I mean going home every night, I wasn’t    happy. I wanted to be happy, because I    wanted to play, you know? And I j...
   P1: If he was…*sighs* I honestly…*sighs* to    be honest…if he was a really good hockey    player and a good student, ...
   P: Well if I would of done it all over again, I    would of done the school route. I’d make sure    my kid is on top o...
Cribb, R. (2012, November 12). Former OHLer Milan Doczy denied educational scholarship funding.            The Toronto Sta...
Reclaiming the Rights of Youth                                 28
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  1. 1. Vicky GrygarBrock University M.A. CandidateSupervisor: Dr. Cathy van Ingen 1
  2. 2. Reclaiming the Rights of Youth 2
  3. 3. CHL Promo Video 3
  4. 4.  London Knights Hockey Club (OHL)  Marketing Intern, April — August, 2011 “Think of the player like a can of coke. Now try to market that can of coke with the objective of making as much money as possible.” 4
  5. 5.  16-20 years of age  UN categorization of a child: anyone under the age of 18 years Exceptional player status grants players as young as 15 years old eligibility to play in the CHL. 5
  6. 6. “I hate the business part of it.They don’t treat you as aperson. It’s just not right.”- Former OHL Player 6
  7. 7. Cribb, R. (2012, November 12). Former Rivet, C. (2012, November 25). Ex-CHLOHLer Milan Doczy denied educational players gets his due, playing universityscholarship funding. The Toronto Star. hockey. The Record.Cribb, R. (2012, November 16). OHL relents,will provide scholarship funding to formerplayer Milan Doczy. The Toronto Star. Sager, N. (2012, November 16). Brock Badgers’ Milan Doczy wins long fight for OHL education package, offers lesson about looking after European players. Yahoo Sports. 7
  8. 8. Former OHLer Milan Doczy denied CHLPA FILES LEGAL ACTION AGAINSTeducational scholarship funding QMJHLS MOOSEHEADS WHL suspends Portland Winterhawks coach/GM Mike Johnston, fines team 8
  9. 9.  To conduct a Foucauldian discourse analysis into the experiences of CHL players. Examination of power relations within the Canadian junior hockey system 9
  10. 10. Reclaiming the rights of youth 10
  11. 11.  Semi-structured interviews  11 participants across all three CHL sister leagues Document analysis  Investigative work, player contracts, CHL policy reports, scouting reports 11
  12. 12. Reclaiming the Rights of Youth 12
  13. 13.  United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of the Child Article 1  For the purpose of the present Convention, a child means every human being below the age of eighteen years unless under the law applicable to the child, majority is obtained earlier. Article 32  1. States Parties recognize the right of the child to be protected from economic exploitation  2. (b) Provide for appropriate regulation of the hours and conditions of employment; 13
  14. 14.  “The fact that the livelihoods of many adults depend on the child also indicate that elite sport performed by children may be assimilated to child labour. However, other than in other occupations such as film and advertising, the financial gain of adults from children competing in elite sports is not regulated” (Weber, 2009, p. 64). 14
  15. 15. Reclaiming the Rights of Youth 15
  16. 16. “Explain the process of signing your CHLcontract.” P: We just signed it right there. I didn’t read it, didn’t know anything about it, I just knew that as soon as I signed it I would be playing in the OHL. I didn’t care what it said really. 16
  17. 17.  P: That’s all it really is…they say “sign here” and then they just don’t care. As soon as you sign you can play and that’s all we [players] really care about because you’re 16 years old. The thought of being an OHL hockey player is a lot more than what are you going to do after this… 17
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  20. 20. “What was your goal while you were playing inthe CHL?” P: Going to the NHL, just like every friggin player that’s playing. Fucking going to play in the NHL and make millions. I just realized year after year that the pipe dream was just getting smaller and smaller. 20
  21. 21.  P: I think after being drafted and you start to play…the next big thing…especially if you’re a 16 year old playing is when you’re 18 you can be drafted to the NHL. That’s your next goal. I: So were you thinking about that a lot? P: That was…that’s…I think that’s sort of all you’re thinking about, and I mean you want your team to do well but you’re…I mean you’re trying to get drafted to the NHL, so that was sort of the next big step, was to do that. 21
  22. 22.  P: You know it starts getting to you. I: Mentally too? P: Mentally, ya for sure. I remember I was 16, I wasn’t sure if I was with the big boys or the junior club, and then fucking I was 16 and I started playing with the junior guys, I wasn’t sure if I was welcome with the older guys, then I felt all alone, it was fucked. 22
  23. 23.  P: It’s purely business. I’m just a kid at that point, I’m about to play a game and they’re like okay you’re released. So fucking…I say bye to all the boys on the bus, just like that, because I’m never going to see them again. They all go on the bus, I’m fucking outside calling my Mom crying like a fucking baby again. Like…they’re still fucking kids, you’re still a kid and they push these kids to grow up way too fast, they treat it like a business and this is their whole life. 23
  24. 24.  I mean going home every night, I wasn’t happy. I wanted to be happy, because I wanted to play, you know? And I just couldn’t. I just wasn’t happy. And people wonder why players just hang up the skates, well there you go, you know? 24
  25. 25.  P1: If he was…*sighs* I honestly…*sighs* to be honest…if he was a really good hockey player and a good student, I think I would send him to the NCAA. P2: I wouldn’t let them go play CHL if it was up to me. P3: If he was offered a contract the way I was, I would say no. [to the CHL] 25
  26. 26.  P: Well if I would of done it all over again, I would of done the school route. I’d make sure my kid is on top of all his school, and I’d probably push him the school route. Unless he’s going to get the biggest package you can get from the O, but most of the time you’re going to get more from a D1 school. 26
  27. 27. Cribb, R. (2012, November 12). Former OHLer Milan Doczy denied educational scholarship funding. The Toronto Star. Retrieved from www.thestar.com/ sports/hockey/juniorhockey/article/ 1285816--former-ohler-milan-doczy-denied-educational-scholarship-fundingCribb, R. (2012, November 16). OHL relents, will provide scholarship funding to former player Milan Doczy. The Toronto Star. Retrieved from www.thestar.com/sports/hockeyjuniorhockey/ article/1289043--ohl-relents-will-provide-scholarship-funding-to-former-player-milan- doczyRivet, C. (2012, November 25). Ex CHL player gets his due, playing university hockey. The Record. Retrieved from www.guelphmercury.com/ sports/article/842832--ex-chl-player-gets-his- due-playing-university-hockeySager, N. (2012, November 16). Brock Badgers’ Milan Doczy wins long fight for education package, offers lesson about looking after European players. Yahoo Sports. Retrieved from www.ca.sports.yahoo.com/blogs/jrhockey-buzzing-the-net/brock-badgers-milan-doczy- wins-long-fight-ohl-050803640.htmlWeber, R. (2009). Protection of children in competitive sport. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 44, 55-69. 27
  28. 28. Reclaiming the Rights of Youth 28

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