‘It’s about time’: NHL, NHLPA sign deal to bring back full-time game coverage
Hockey fans are hoping the NHL and NHLPA can work together to bring hockey back to Toronto and Montreal.
The deal between the league and the NHL Players’ Association, which includes the Toronto Maple Leafs, was announced Wednesday.
The agreement includes a 10-year, $75-million collective bargaining agreement, the first such pact between the two leagues in nearly a decade.
The deal includes provisions that will help the NHLPA in negotiations with the NHL, which has already reached an agreement with the players union.
“This is a historic moment in Canadian sports, and I know it is a critical one for fans across the country,” said NHLPA President Donald Fehr in a statement.
“The league and its players have worked together to make this possible and we are proud to have reached an historic agreement that will make Toronto, Montreal and the entire country a hockey-first place.
The new deal will ensure that hockey will be played and the players’ union will be able to pursue a shared vision for hockey in the years to come.”
It’s been an honour and a privilege to work with the Toronto and New York clubs, and to represent this great city, which is the home of our sport and our city, and the great fans across our country.
This is an exciting and historic opportunity that will continue to drive our growth and the success of our players and the game of hockey.
“The agreement was signed by the league, players union and the Toronto Blue Jays at a news conference in Toronto.
The agreement will require the teams to keep the players on as a “guest referee” until the end of 2020.
The players are expected to announce the contract in coming days.
The Maple Leafs will be represented by the American Hockey League’s (AHL) Toronto Marlies, while the Canadiens will be representing the NHL’s Montreal Canadiens.