Central Hockey League Commissioner Duane Lewis announced Tuesday that CHL team owners have voted in favor of a proposed new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) reaching an agreement with the Professional Hockey Players’ Association (PHPA) on a two-year deal.
The ratification by the league’s owners occurred on September 3 through voting from the member teams along with a majority of the players ratifying the agreement on behalf of the PHPA.
The new CBA will take place immediately and will run through the 2011-12 season establishing financial regulations for the players along with maintaining numerous player oriented programs. Among those programs are off-ice medical insurance, a Career Enhancement Program and free counseling services for players.
One change to the Agreement for the upcoming season deals with the number of veteran players teams can have increasing to six, of which, one must have played for the team during the 2009-10 season. A veteran is defined as a player with 301 or more combined professional games (included leagues identified in CBA).