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NHL/NHLPA Collective Bargaining -- Q and A

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May NHL clubs hold team meetings or practices during a work stoppage?

No. Club personnel, including the coaching staff, may not conduct training sessions, film work, "chalk talks," etc. Coaches may, however, communicate with players on an informal basis, and may be active in the operations of AHL affiliates.

May players who desire to train or practice on their own during a work stoppage be permitted to use Club facilities or equipment?

No. Players may not be permitted to use club facilities or equipment during a work stoppage unless the player is injured and not fit to play

Should clubs allow injured players access to club facilities for rehabilitation during a work stoppage?

Yes. Players who have been disabled prior to a work stoppage in the course of their employment with the Club may use Club facilities to continue their rehabilitation programs on the same basis as during last season or the off season. They may also work with club athletic trainers and team physicians for rehabilitative purposes only. Once disabled players are cleared to play, player access to club facilities must cease.

May a Club invite minor league Players, unsigned draft choices, unsigned free agents or Canadian junior league players for tryouts or practice sessions during a work stoppage?

No. These Players may not be invited by the Club for tryouts or practice sessions.

May clubs negotiate with and sign players during a work stoppage?

No. Clubs may not continue to negotiate with players or their agents, nor may they finalize or execute contracts during a work stoppage.

May clubs loan or trade players during a work stoppage?

No. No NHL player contract may be assigned, loaned, or exchanged, whether by way of trade, waivers, or otherwise, during a work stoppage. Similarly, no trades involving draft picks or unsigned players will be permitted.

May clubs recall players from the minor leagues or from Europe during a work stoppage?

No. Players assigned to a minor league affiliate or to a European league team prior to the commencement of the work stoppage cannot be recalled to their NHL clubs at any time during the work stoppage.

May a club assign players to a minor league affiliate or to Europe during a work stoppage?

No.

May players under contract to NHL clubs who have not been loaned or assigned play in Europe during a work stoppage?

Yes. There is no bar to NHL players playing in Europe during a work stoppage. However, players who choose to play elsewhere will be doing so entirely at their own risk and will not be performing pursuant to their NHL Standard Player's Contracts. There will be no insurance coverage or other protection for these Players against injury.

May players under contract to NHL clubs play in other North American professional leagues during a work stoppage?

Yes. There is no bar to NHL players playing in other North American professional leagues during a work stoppage. Again, the players will be doing so entirely at their own risk and with no insurance coverage or other protection against injury.

May players under contract to NHL clubs play in Union-organized games in North America or Europe during a work stoppage?

Yes. There is no bar to NHL players playing in Union-organized games either in North America or Europe during a work stoppage. Players would be doing so at their own risk -- not pursuant to their NHL contracts and with no insurance to protect against injury.

How will clubs handle ticket refunds?

Each club will set its own ticket refund policy. Because laws vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, each club is reviewing the requirements in its own jurisdiction and will fully comply with any applicable laws.

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