OSHL all set to go

LANCE HORNBY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:06 AM ET

From the Stanley Cup to the Assante Cup, Jassen Cullimore entered a brave new hockey world yesterday. The former Tampa Bay defenceman and eight other National Hockey Leaguers attended the Original Stars Hockey League camp at Sports Village in Vaughan, a six-team barnstorming outfit that begins play tonight in Barrie at 7 p.m.

OSHL president Randy Gumbley was breathing easier last night as more well-known players such as Dave Andreychuk committed to the league and a radio deal with Corus Entertainment was close to being finalized. Gumbley expects 45 players arriving in Toronto by tomorrow to fill 13 spots (12 skaters and a goalie) on teams named after the NHL's Original Six.

"If we get more guys who apply as the lockout goes on, we'll look at adding more teams," Gumbley said.

Other OSHL highlights:

- Four-on-four play.

- Three periods of 17 minutes each.

- Schedule is broken into three segments of 20 games and playoffs, ending Dec. 6.

- Penalty shots instead of penalties.

- Shootouts at the end of each period. One player from each team gets two shots each, which count in the overall standings.

- No centre ice line.

- Line changing on the fly only.

- Players will be paid on a "revenue-sharing basis."

- All players have contracts that commit them to play, though Dominik Hasek has said he'll miss some games.

- Insurance will be provided mostly by the players' existing personal coverage.

- Clubs will play for the Assante Cup. The title sponsor is a Canadian wealth management company.


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