PHPA Press Releases
PHPA and CHL Reach Agreement
By Darryl Dionne Published on: Monday November 12, 2012
(Niagara Falls, ON) The Professional Hockey Players’ Association (PHPA) and Central Hockey League (CHL) have reached a one-year successor Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) for the 2012-13 season. The agreement has been ratified by the League Owners and the players.
Under the CBA, players will continue to have a formal arbitration process, Standard Players Contracts, receive rights to medical records and second / third medical opinions, travel reimbursement, and lodging provisions. CHL Owners will pay the entire premiums for players’ off ice insurance. The Salary Cap, Salary Floor, and Minimum Salary will remain the same as the previous CBA, while adjustments were made to the Injured Reserve System, All-Star and Christmas Breaks, as well as pre and post season travel reimbursement provisions.
Players will continue to have access to a variety of programs such as the REDLINE Membership Assistance Program which is a 24/7/365 counseling service for players, Career Enhancement Program for players wishing to advance their education with partial reimbursement by CHL teams, as well as a Group Licensing Authorization Program which protects player likeness rights.
“We are happy to get this deal in place and look forward to an exciting year of CHL action,” said PHPA Executive Director, Larry Landon. “We wanted to negotiate a deal where players would feel comfortable competing, knowing that they would receive appropriate off-ice care and insurance benefits.”
“I would like to thank the many CHL players whose courage, leadership, and input during the negotiation process was instrumental in reaching this agreement,” added Landon.
"We would like to thank the both the owners/Governors and the players of our CHL member clubs for their leadership in reaching this agreement,” added CHL Commissioner, Duane Lewis. “The process involved many people and a great deal of time on both sides to get this deal finalized, and we appreciate their dedication at, and away from, the bargaining table."