Inside NHLPA

The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) is the union for professional hockey players in the National Hockey League (NHL). Created in 1967, the union negotiates and enforces fair terms and conditions of employment for NHL players.

The members of each NHL club elect a Club Player Representative and an Alternative Club Player Representative. Each Club Player Representative serves as a voting member of the NHLPA Executive Board. The Executive Director also sits on the Executive Board as a non-voting member

Hockey is a sport with a strong sense of history, whose players take an active interest in the integrity and growth of the game. The NHLPA acknowledges the legacy work undertaken in the 1950s by the first Players Association President, Ted Lindsay, and helped establish the NHL Alumni to represent the rights of hockey’s greatest family: its retired players. The NHLPA Goals & Dreams fund, the world’s largest grassroots hockey program, gives NHLPA members the opportunity to invest in the game’s future by connecting deserving children with hockey equipment and programs. Through these and other initiatives, the NHLPA continues to advance the cause of players’ rights, strengthen its membership, and keep pace with the evolving world of professional hockey.

Collective Bargaining Agreement

The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) and the National Hockey League (NHL) operate under a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) that defines specific rights and responsibilities of both parties. On January 10th, 2013 the NHLPA membership voted in favor of ratifying the CBA.

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Certified Player Agents

As a union that cares deeply about the physical and financial well being of its members, the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) requires player agents to complete an Agent Certification Program. This program governs the standards of professional conduct and education that an agent must continually maintain, and enables agents to demonstrate their ability to provide appropriate representation.

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Business Affairs

The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) Business Affairs office oversees all of the union’s business and marketing activities.

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Player Tweets

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