There are very few professionals involved with junior hockey here in the United States. The list is limited to the coaches, officials, office staff of the league and teams. Others are involved with the media, rinks, and arenas.
On this Labor Day 2011, it is fair to say that Labor has had a rough year when it comes to junior hockey. Between the coaches that have not been able to collect on their contracts to the officials in Texas that are getting steamrolled, I cannot remember a more troublesome time in the game.
When did teams stop honoring the coach's contract? When a guy gets let go, teams have always paid out the remaining terms of the agreement. Not anymore.
When did the state referee become the second coming of Jimmy Hoffa? I never imagined I'd ever see the day where a USA Hockey official would resort to blackballing game officials for working games outside of USA Hockey.
On this Labor Day, remember you coaches, officials, team and league staffs. These folks all deserve your respect, and are obviously not doing this for just the money.
Let's all work towards a better work environment for 2011-2012, as supporters of the game, we all need to demand it.
What do you think?