ECHL, PHPA Ratify Five-Year Collective Bargaining Agreement

Author: Darryl Dionne, PHPA Director of Communications and Business Development
Date: Mar 22, 2018

(PRINCETON, NJ / NIAGARA FALLS, ON) The ECHL and the Professional Hockey Players’ Association (PHPA) today announced the ratification of a new five-year Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).
The new CBA, effective July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2023, has been ratified by ECHL players and approved by the League’s Board of Governors.
The CBA has been modified to include enhancements to the Reserve System as it relates to Veteran players, housing and travel reimbursement provisions, basic dental for players and their families through the off-ice health insurance program, as well as increases to the salary cap and per-diem.
“We appreciate the efforts of the bargaining committees from both the Players and Owners,” said ECHL Commissioner Brian McKenna. “Their input was extremely valuable over the past nine months. We feel this is a fair deal which addressed the needs of the Players and allows for cost certainty for our owners over the next five seasons.”
“The players advised us of the areas within the CBA most important to them, and we feel this deal addresses those issues, adding both monetary and non-monetary value for present and future ECHL players,” said PHPA Executive Director, Larry Landon. “This agreement also provides cost certainty over the next five years, which in turn helps us in our goal of preserving quality jobs.  I would like to thank all those involved throughout the negotiation process including the contributions from our Executive Committee and ECHL Player Representatives.”


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 across 57 teams throughout the American Hockey League and ECHL. 

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