Details revealed from OHL investigation into Niagara IceDogs

The details of secret, backroom deals made with potential Niagara IceDog players have been released.

It was back in February, an OHL investigation found the IceDogs had committed player-recruitment violations. 

The team was fined $250,000, but the penalty was reduced to $150,000.

A copy of the investigation report, and other documents related to the IceDogs’ pursuit of young prospects were made public late Friday by an Ontario Superior Court judge in Hamilton.

TSN has detailed the report, including the IceDogs making side contracts with families of two players including Zach Wilkie and Liam Ham.

Wilkie, who played with the IceDogs for two and a half seasons complained that the team had backed out on an oral agreement to pay him $40,000 towards his room and board expenses at university.

The investigators also found that the IceDogs had agreed to a secret side deal with the father of former IceDogs defenceman Liam Ham to pay him $2,000 a year.

Team officials tell CKTB "This is why we made staff changes at the end of the 2016 season. This has nothing to do with the current team or staff. We will not be commenting any further."

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