We’re into a few more lean sections of the CBA, so we’re doubling up again.

Let’s check out Article 28: Player Fund, Standby Players and Article 34: Player Medical/Health!

Playoff bonuses

Per Section 28.1, the NHL provides the NHLPA with a lump sum per season to be split up among players on playoff teams using a formula determined by the NHLPA.

  • $16 million in 2019-20
  • $17 million in 2020-21 and 2021-22

Now, the breakdown hasn’t been made available in recent years. But back in 2016-17, when the amount available was $15 million, here was the breakdown by category:

  • $575,000 (3.8%) for the Presidents’ Trophy winner
  • $287,500 (1.9%) each for the teams that lost in the first round
  • $575,000 (3.8%) each for the teams that lost in the second round
  • $1.45 million (9.7%) each for the teams that lost in the third round
  • $2.6 million (17.3%) for the Stanley Cup finalist
  • $4.325 million (28.8%) for the Stanley Cup winner

Presumably there’s an even share for each player who suited up in the playoffs, but that information isn’t publicly available so all we can do is guess. But while players don’t get salary from the teams during the playoffs, they do get paid.

Standby players

Per Section 28.2, players on a playoff team’s taxi squad – the extra players on standby in case of injury – get their own hotel room, a mid-size rental car, and NHL per diem from when they’re called up until the end of the playing season.

Player medical care

Section 34.1(b) gets into something pretty crucial in terms of player health care. The primarily job of the health care providers involved is the player’s health.

Allegiance. The primary professional duty of all individual health care professionals, such as team physicians, certified athletic trainers/therapists (“ATs”), physical therapists, chiropractors, dentists and neuropsychologists, shall be to the Player-patient regardless of the fact that he/she or his/her hospital, clinic, or medical group is retained by such Club to diagnose and treat Players.

Club standards

Now, medical care in the NHL got a nice spotlight when Jay Bouwmeester a medical emergency and didn’t die. The current standards in NHL buildings are revised in each CBA negotiation and have evolved in response to a few near-misses.

Here’s what clubs need to have:

  • A minimum of two team physicians in attendance at all home games. (One of them has to have hockey-specific trauma management training completed during the last three years.)
  • There shall also be additional “consultant specialists” in attendance at all home games to complement the skill-sets of the two physicians. Between the physicians and the consultants, they need to have an orthopedist and one of an internal medicine, emergency medicine or primary care sports specialist. Oh, and one of these doctors has to have specialized concussion assessment training.
  • Team physicians need to be within 50 feet of the players’ benches at all times (either seated rinkside or in the medical room watch the live game feed.)
  • Each club also has to employ two full-time athletic therapists. One must be on the bench during games at all times.
  • The team also needs to have a massage therapist, but they can be full or part time or a consultant.

Yeah, it’s a lot. But it’s hard to argue against the effectiveness of this system given how the Bouwmeester situation unfolded.

Second opinions

In the event a player wants a second opinion on a diagnosis from a team physician, there’s a centralized second opinion list they can use. After the second opinion consultation, the player, the team physician and the second opinion physician will meet and plot a course of action. (If there’s no consensus, they can seek a third opinion.)

Visiting team workout equipment

Exhibit 36, referred to in Article 32, lays out the workout equipment that must be provided to visiting teams. It’s a long list, but it includes three stationary bikes, three kettle bells, two sets of adjustable dumbbells, medicine balls, portable whirlpools, stability balls, one soccer ball, and a portable trunk to store everything.

Oh, and a dedicated workout room.

Visiting team medical and training supplies

Similar to the workout gear, visiting teams need to be set up for medical and training supplies. That’s laid out in Exhibit 37. The requirements include three treatment tables, two mobile stools, and various spigots and hoses for filling tubs.

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