State memos showed child-labor concerns for WHL youth hockey

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Seattle Thunderbirds players Nick Holowko CQ, left, and Turner Ottenbreit CQ, high-five before playing The Calgary Hitmen at the ShoWare Center in Kent, Washington Tuesday, Feb.

A complaint lodged with L&I in 2013 asserted that league players, mostly ages 16-20, are employees of the for-profit teams who deserve benefits they don’t currently receive, such as minimum-wage and child-labor protections.

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