OHL fines Windsor Spitfires, forces forfeiture of draft picks for recruitment violations

The Ontario League released a statement Friday declaring that the league has fined the Windsor Spitfires cash and draft picks for violating the league’s Player Benefit and Recruitment Rules and Policies.

“In 2009 the Board of Governors of the Ontario Hockey League developed the OHL enforcement program which is designed to address and attempt to eliminate violations of the rules and impose appropriate penalties if violations occur,” commissioner David Branch said in the release. “The enforcement process is an integral part of the process to ensure integrity and fair play among the member teams. One of the fundamental principles of the enforcement process is to ensure that those member teams that are abiding by the rules are not disadvantaged by their commitment to compliance.”

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The Spitfires were fined $400,000 and will forfeit their first round selections in the OHL Priority Draft for 2013, 2014 and 2016 and second round selections for the years 2015 and 2017.