Multiple sources are reporting that the USHL has levied a Ten Thousand Dollar fine on the Des Moines Buccaneers for tampering with a Lincoln Stars affiliated player.
Tampering is something that often occurs by mistake. Sometimes it is done on purpose, and when it is, another player is usually the person initiating the improper contact.
Player A was a team mate of Player B. Coach asks Player B to talk to Player A because he can not contact the player directly.
Sources are saying that was not the scenario that took place. The alleged tampering involved an incoming coach and direct contact with a player protected by the Lincoln Stars.
The Ten Thousand Dollar fine, although steep, is not considered to be a very large fine under these circumstances. Many lower level leagues also have the same fine for this allegation.
It is unusual for someone to get caught tampering in the USHL, but it is fairly common practice in many other leagues.
In this case, the coach allegedly asked a player on the Stars affiliate to request a trade to Des Moines after Des Moines drafted one of that player’s teammates in the USHL’s Phase II Draft.
TJHN will update this story if more information becomes available.