Union pushes drive at CHL

Unifor prepares to take its shot at representing major junior hockey players
By Liz Foster
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 08/25/2014

"People forget that major junior players are kids," said Jamie McKinven. "The Canadian Hockey League (CHL) is a big-money business that happens to employ minors."

McKinven, a former professional hockey player who got his start with the Kingston Voyageurs, knows the ins and outs of the league better than most. As Unifor prepares to take its shot at representing major junior hockey players across Canada, he is speaking out and shedding light on life on the ice.

"Picture this: Sending your 15 or 16-year-old son off to a remote city to play hockey for a multi-million dollar corporation in a high-pressure, results-driven world," McKinven said. "It’s a scary thing for a family. They are putting a lot of trust in organizations whose top priority is bottom dollar figures."