AHL and PHPA Ratify New Collective Bargaining Agreement

(Photo Credit: LiPo Ching // Bay Area News Group)

Sorry David Andrews but this is the only photo of you I have on file. (Photo Credit: LiPo Ching // Bay Area News Group)

The American Hockey League and Professional Hockey Players’ Association have come to terms on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. The new four-year agreement will be in place until August 31, 2019.

Press Release via AHL:

SPRINGFIELD, Mass./NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. … The American Hockey League and the Professional Hockey Players’ Association today announced the ratification of a new four-year Collective Bargaining Agreement.

The new CBA, which is effective through August 31, 2019, has been ratified by both the AHL’s Board of Governors and the overwhelming majority of AHL players.

The CBA has been modified to include enhancements to the health and welfare plan currently offered to AHL players and their families, and to provide significantly better playoff compensation to players while allowing more flexibility to the AHL in Calder Cup Playoff scheduling and financing. The new Agreement also provides for increases in per-diem and minimum salary as well as modifications to housing and travel provisions.

“The American Hockey League remains fortunate to have an extremely positive and open relationship with our players and with the PHPA,” said David Andrews, AHL President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our previous CBA included several significant elements which have been beneficial to our players, our owners, and ultimately our fans, and this new agreement continues in that same spirit of cooperation.”

“The players advised us of the areas within the CBA most important to them, and we feel this deal addresses those issues, adding significant monetary and non-monetary value for present and future AHL players,” said PHPA Executive Director Larry Landon. “A number of players sacrificed family time to assist us with these negotiations, and I, along with all current and future AHL players thank them for their unwavering commitment.”

As it begins its historic 80th-anniversary season this weekend, the American Hockey League continues to serve as the top development league for all 30 National Hockey League teams. More than 88 percent of all players competing in the NHL are AHL graduates, and through the years the American Hockey League has been home to more than 100 honored members of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Since its inception in 1967, the Professional Hockey Players’ Association (PHPA) has continued to serve as an advocate of player interests. Currently, the PHPA is the certified, U.S. National Labor Relations Board collective bargaining representative for over 1,600 players on 68 teams in the American Hockey League and ECHL.

This news comes on the day in which the 2015-16 AHL regular season starts. I’m sure more detailed information related to the CBA will be released later on. As of now all I have to go on is this paragraph of the Press Release:

The CBA has been modified to include enhancements to the health and welfare plan currently offered to AHL players and their families, and to provide significantly better playoff compensation to players while allowing more flexibility to the AHL in Calder Cup Playoff scheduling and financing. The new Agreement also provides for increases in per-diem and minimum salary as well as modifications to housing and travel provisions.

That to me sounds really good. The increase in minimum salary is an interesting addition and I also wonder if this CBA addresses how contracts for the Pacific Division teams (who play less games) divvy up money as opposed to the rest of the league. All sorts of minor questions of that nature related to the California based teams and AHL players living conditions on the West Coast intrigue me a bit – so I’d love to get a bit more concrete reading on the new CBA. Not to end on a Pacific Division hate fest: any health and welfare enhancements for the players and their families is great by me.

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One Response to AHL and PHPA Ratify New Collective Bargaining Agreement

  1. SmoothJazZ85 says:

    did mikko leave cincy it’s says his contract is terminated

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