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Five things to know about expired NHL CBA

Pittsburgh Penguins hockey player Sidney Crosby watches as Donald Fehr, executive director of the...

Pittsburgh Penguins hockey player Sidney Crosby watches as Donald Fehr, executive director of the National Hockey League Players Association, speaks at a news conference in New York September 13, 2012. (REUTERS/Eric Thayer)

Chris Stevenson, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:57 PM ET

NHL training camps were supposed to be ramping up Monday. The first exhibition game of the 2012-13 pre-season was to have been between the Ottawa Senators and the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre Sunday night, but it was the first casualty of the lockout.

All September exhibition games were cancelled last week. There were originally nine games scheduled for Monday on the first busy day of the pre-season schedule. Since all the talk right now is about money, here are five "Did You Knows" about player finances and working conditions during training camp, according to the recently-expired collective bargaining agreement:

DID YOU KNOW...

1. Players were to receive one economy-class ticket to travel from their summer residence to the location of their NHL's club's training camp and from the location of training camp to the player's NHL city (if applicable). The team must also pay (economy-class tickets) for the player's spouse or "Living Companion" and his children to get from their summer residence to their NHL city. If the player drives, his NHL team must compensate him with the equivalent of economy class airfare for him and his spouse or "Living Companion." (The player's summer residence has to be a place where he resides for at least two months. Guess that's to stop guys from saying their summer residence is in, say, Tazmania, to scoop the airfare.)

2. Under the old CBA, players received close to $100 per diem (it started out at $85 in the first year and was boosted each year according to the Consumer Price Index) and the club had to pay for their lodging. The clubs had the option of providing breakfast and/or lunch during training camp and could deduct $12 for breakfast and $15 for lunch from each player's per diem.

3. Training camp could not be longer than 20 days for any player who had accrued 50 NHL games in the previous season for pension plan purposes. For all other players, it could be up to 27 days.

4. If a player opts to hold out of training camp, his pay would be reduced by 1/275th of his annual salary according to his Standard Player's Contract.

5. Any player injured in training camp who played 50 games towards credit in the pension plan the previous season or is on on a one-way deal is entitled to his signing bonus and salary until being declared fit to play. All other players receive a daily rate based on the number of days they collected an NHL salary in the previous season and what they earned in the minors until they get medical clearance.

 


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