The Kitchener Rangers, an Ontario Hockey League team, is suing a Michigan student newspaper, a journalist and his anonymous source for $1-million over what they say are false allegations about promising to pay a top player $200,000 to join them instead of the Wolverines.
They team alleges defamation because such a payout would break rules. From the Detroit Free Press “OHL teams are allowed to pay a player to go to school while he’s with the team or allowed to pay him an education package after he’s done playing. Teams are not allowed to give players money instead of the education package.”
The Rangers drafted Michigan native Jacob Trouba, 18, in the third round of the 2010 OHL draft. He’s slated play for the University of Michigan next season on scholarship, but was picked ninth overall by the Winnipeg Jets in last month’s NHL draft and is currently in the team’s rookie camp.