GTHL studying introducing more fees for players

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TORONTO – The Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL) wants to know what you think about getting rid of arena admission fees and replacing it with a player fee beginning next season.

The GTHL recently launched a league-wide survey asking for feedback on this new revenue model.

The league currently collects gate fees for $6 but that is expected to rise to $7 for the 2014/15 season. A media release says this works out to $644 for the average player.

To cover the cost of game ice, which the league says amounts to just over $4 million alone this season, the GTHL’s independent auditor advised the Board of Directors “it needed to reconsider the way in which the League funded ice costs.”

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The GTHL, which is one of the largest hockey leagues in the world, says it loses about $100,000 a year by people sneaking into arenas.

The new proposal would have the GTHL eliminate admission fees altogether but then charge each player $575 year.

A player with a parent who is a team official will pay $375 a year and each player who has a sibling registered in the league and who has paid a fee will fork out $400.

The money would either be collected with a one-time payment or by five separate installments.

There are over 40,000 players registered in the GTHL annually.

Participants are being asked to complete the online survey by April 30.