Acadie-Bathurst Titan: $30M CHL class action settlement tough news to swallow

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The Acadie-Bathurst Titan says news of the Canadian Hockey League's $30M settlement of a class action 'minimum wage lawsuit' is a tough pill to swallow.

The class action, which began in 2014, asserted that players were employees rather than amateur student athletes and subject to employment standards acts.

As a result of the settlement, Titan board president Serge Theriault says clubs are now faced with an unexpected bill for upwards of $250,000.

Theriault says the organization, which has been struggling with a small market an getting fans in seats, will have to pull out all the stops to ensure the team remains in the region, but is up for the challenge.

Meanwhile, Theriault says the Titan is still waiting for an update from the league as to if or when training camp can get underway and that the club is weighing its options.

He expects camp will be delayed and says it can be challenging to get the league, along with all four provinces with QMJHL teams, on the same page.

As for the regular season, Theriault says COVID-19 could present a challenge.

He says that gatherings are important and a that there needs to be a plan to get people back into the rink.

Theriault expects a decision from the league sometime at the end of June or early July.