The Central Hockey League (CHL) announced today that CHL team owners have voted in favor of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) reaching an agreement with the Professional Hockey Players’ Association (PHPA). The agreement was reached in principal prior to the start of the 2012-13 regular season and was voted on by CHL member teams and a majority of the players in the past week.
“We are pleased to move forward with this Agreement with the PHPA, and thank the CHL Owners for their hard work, vision and patience during this process,” said Lewis. “I would also like to thank the Players for their efforts in reaching this agreement. Our season is already underway and CHL fans are enjoying the highest level of professional hockey the CHL has experienced. We look forward to the remainder of the 2012-13 season.”
Many of the provisions in the previous CBA will continue in the new agreement including REDLINE Membership Assistance Program (a 24/7/365 counseling service for players), Career Enhancement Program for players wishing to advance their education and off-ice health insurance for players and their families.
Main financial components such as salary cap, salary floor and the league’s minimum salary remained unchanged from the previous CBA while alterations were made to the injured reserve system as well as the Christmas break.
"We are happy to get this deal in place and look forward to an exciting year of CHL action,” said Larry Landon, PHPA Executive Director. “We wanted to negotiate a deal where players would feel comfortable competing, knowing that they would receive appropriate off-ice care and insurance benefits.
About the CHL
The CHL is currently playing its 21st season as last season the league welcomed more than two million fans averaging 4,042 during the regular season and 4,427 during the post-season (both accounting for the highest attendance averages in the past five years in the CHL). Over the past two years, the CHL has celebrated 122 sellouts (the most during any two-year period in the 20-year history of the league) led by the 2011 and 2012 CHL Franchise of the Year winner, the Missouri Mavericks, who have 36 combined regular season sellouts in the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons.
The CHL has had 69 call-ups to the American Hockey League over the past two seasons and just last year, former CHL players Brian Foster (Florida Panthers), Jordie Benn (Dallas Stars) and Ryan Garbutt (Dallas Stars) made their National Hockey League debuts joining the likes of David Schlemko (Phoenix Coyotes), Keith Aucoin (Washington Capitals), Andrew Desjardins (San Jose Sharks), Joel Martin (New York Islanders) and many others as former CHL players that made it to the NHL.
The CHL has also played a strong role in developing on-ice officials with three former CHL full-time officials signing National Hockey League contracts over the past two seasons (John Grandt, Mark Lemelin and Jon McIsaac). Other former CHL officials in the NHL include David Brisebois, Gord Dwyer, Frederick L’Ecuyer.
For more information about the CHL, visit the league’s website at www.centralhockeyleague.com.
About the PHPA
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 1,500 players on 63 teams in the American Hockey League, ECHL, and Central Hockey League.