|National Hockey League Collective Bargaining Agreement -1993-2004
Training Camp; Travel Expenses
15.1. Travel expenses for the Player, his spouse and his
children for travel (economy class air fare) from a player's
summer residence to training camp, from training camp to his Club
city, and return to said summer residence at the end of the
season will be paid by or provided for by the Club. The Club
will also pay for or provide the reasonable travel expenses
(economy class air fare) for a player, his spouse and his
children from their summer residence to the Club city at the
beginning of the regular playing season and return to said summer
residence at the end of the season. If a player drives to (or
from) the Club city, the Club shall pay him the equivalent of the
economy airfare for flying to (or from) the Club city for the
player and spouse only.
For the purpose of this Section 15.1, the returning to and
from the summer residence shall be based on the player and/or his
wife returning for a minimum of a two month period to the same
summer residence each year except if he moves his summer
residence. It shall be the burden of the player to demonstrate
that he has returned to his summer residence for a minimum of two
15.2. (a) All players who have qualified during the preceding
season for at least 50 games credit for the purposes of the
Pension Plan (excluding any protected list) or all players
(except players up on emergency conditions) who are at least
three (3) year pros and who remain on the NHL roster continuously
from the beginning of the season until November 1 shall be paid
$2,600 with respect to the full period of 1995 training camp for
training camp expenses in lieu of payment for exhibition games
and any other training camp allowances (except transportation,
food and board). The amount of $2,600 shall be increased to
$2,700 for the 1996 training camp, $2,800 for the 1997 training
camp, $2,900 for the 1998 training camp and $3,000 for the 1999
training camp. A pro rata share shall be paid to any player who
does not attend a full period training camp.
(b) All other players shall be paid for 1995/96 -- $215 per
game, for 1996/97 -- $230 per game, for 1997/98 -- $245 per game,
for 1998/99 -- $260 per game, for 1999/00 -- $275 per game for
each exhibition game for which the player is dressed during a
training camp period in lieu of payment for exhibition games and
any other training camp allowances (except transportation, food
(c) All players attending Club training camps shall be paid
the same per diem meal allowances provided in Section 19(a) and
shall receive lodging provided by the Club during the period of
their attendance at training camp.
(d) The Clubs have an option of providing breakfast and/or
lunch during training camp. A deduction of $10 (currency of per
diem) for breakfast and $12 (currency of per diem) for lunch
shall be deducted from the player's per diem for each breakfast
and/or lunch provided by the Club.
15.3. (a) The duration of training camp for all protected
players and players who have qualified during the preceding
playing season for at least 50 games credit for Pension Plan
purposes shall not be more than 27 days, and shall not be more
than 34 days for all other players. No training camp activity,
including photographs and medical examinations, shall be
performed prior to the official opening of training camp, and no
protected or 50-game pension credit players shall be permitted to
participate in any training camp activity prior to the official
opening of training camp for them.
(b) No player shall participate in an exhibition game which
is scheduled during the first seven days of training camp or on a
date immediately following three consecutive dates in which the
player participated in exhibition games during the training camp
period, except that this Subsection shall not be applicable with
respect to any game provided for in Article 24 hereof.
(c) No more than nine exhibition games shall be scheduled by
each Club during said period each season, except that this
Subsection shall not be applicable with respect to any game
provided for in Article 24 hereof.
(d) During the first seven days of training camp, no player
shall participate in more than three hours of practice per day,
including on and/or off ice practice, and there shall be no more
than one practice session per day except, however, that the first
day of training camp may last up to five hours, for the purposes
of photographs, medical examinations, and/or off-ice testing
only. If a Club wants to operate training camp for more than
five hours on the first day, a request must be submitted to the
NHL and NHLPA for approval before July 1.
(e) For each day a player does not report during training
camp without his Club's permission, his pay shall be reduced by
1/275th of his annual salary specified in his Player's Contract
without limitation of any other contract rights it may have.
15.4. Unless specifically authorized to do so by the NHL/NHLPA
International Committee, no Club shall conduct its training camp
outside of North America.
15.5. If a Club's training camp is held in or in the vicinity
of its home city, a player who elects to live at home instead of
in accommodations provided by the Club during training camp shall
not receive any payments for lodging.
15.6. Any player who is injured during training camp and who
has qualified during the preceding season, including playoffs,
for at least 50 games credit for the purposes of the Pension Plan
or is on a one-way contract, shall receive his major league
salary until he receives appropriate medical clearance. All
other players will be paid a daily rate until they receive
appropriate medical clearance, such rate to be determined as
(a) For the immediately preceding season, determine the
number of regular season days the player spent on the Club roster
and on a minor league club's roster.
(b) The number of days the player was on an NHL or minor
league roster is then divided by the total number of days in the
immediately preceding regular season to obtain a fraction.
(c) The fraction obtained in (b) is then multiplied by the
player's NHL and minor league salaries for the current season, as
By way of example, if the player has an NHL salary of
$150,000 and a minor league salary of $40,000 for the current
season, and spent 50 percent of the season in each of the NHL and
the minor leagues in the prior season, his daily rate would be
calculated as follows:
$150,000 x .50 = $75,000
40,000 x .50 = 20,000
Total Salary $95,000
(d) The figure obtained above is then divided by the number
of days in the current season to determine the player's daily
rate. By way of example, if the current season has 190 days, the
daily rate ($95,000 ö 190) would be $500.00.
15.7. A player may rent an apartment or purchase a home before
the beginning of training camp, if he:
(a) has been with a Club for at least 160 games including
(b) is not on a termination contract; and
(c) has been with the same Club for 40 games or more.
For players who do not qualify for all three of the above,
the 28-day rule shall apply starting at the beginning of the
The above rule shall have no effect on a player who is
traded from one team to another. It is understood that the
traded player has the right to obtain accommodation and move his
household goods as per Article 14.
15.8. A 50 game player shall be placed on waivers prior to
participating in a Minor League exhibition game.
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