Dates to hold formal bargaining sessions for a new NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement have been established by the NHL and NHL Players Association, and the first session is expected to start this week, the SportsBusiness Journal reported, based on sources.
The sessions are expected to be held in either New York or Toronto, with sessions in late June and July.
According to the report, the players union will have a committee of 30 or more players participating in the negotiations. That's a much larger group than took part in 2004-05, when the last CBA was negotiated.
Donald Fehr, Executive Director of the NHLPA, is encouraging player participation.