The new CBA will run through the 2025-26 season
Earlier today, the NHL and the players’ union announced the two sides each ratified a four-year extension of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement. The NHL and the NHLPA also agreed on a return-to-play plan that will have teams resuming play on August 1st, 2020.
Commissioner Gary Bettman applauded the two sides for coming together during a global pandemic. He said, “I thank NHLPA Executive Director Don Fehr and Special Assistant to the Executive Director Mathieu Schneider, the more than 700 NHL players — particularly those who worked on our Return to Play Committee — and the NHL’s Board of Governors for coming together under extraordinary circumstances for the good of our game…” Commissioner Bettman and Executive Director Fehr will hold a press conference tomorrow afternoon to discuss the new CBA.
Training Camps for NHL teams are allowed to begin Monday. On July 26th, the 24 teams participating in the NHL’s return-to-play plan will travel to Toronto and Edmonton. NHL play is scheduled to resume on August 1st with the Stanley Cup Qualifiers.
The new Collective Bargaining Agreement also signifies the return of the NHL to the Olympics. Under the new CBA, National Hockey League players will be allowed to participate in the 2022 and 2026 Winter Olympics. The International Ice Hockey Federation and the International Olympic Committee must approve the agreement for the move to become official. The 2014 Olympics marked the last time NHLers were allowed to participate in the Winter Games.