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National Hockey League Collective Bargaining Agreement -1993-2004
Article 12 
Salary Arbitration


12.1.    Eligibility.

     (a) A player is eligible to elect salary arbitration if the
player meets the qualifications set forth in the following chart
and in Section 12.1(b) below:


First Contract Signing Age               Minimum Level of
                                         Professional Experience 
                                         Required to be
                                         Eligible for Salary
                                         Arbitration

18-20                             5 years professional experience
21                                4 years professional experience
22-23                             3 years professional experience
24                                2 years professional experience
25 and older                      1 year professional experience


         A player aged 18 or 19 earns a year of "professional
experience" by playing ten or more NHL games (regular season
and/or playoffs) in a given season.  A player aged 20 or above
(or who turns 20 between September 16 and December 31 of the year
in which he signs his first Player Contract) earns a year of
professional experience by playing ten or more professional games
under NHL contract in a given season.

     (b) Only players who qualify as Restricted Free Agents as
described in Section 10.2 and who have not signed an Offer Sheet
may elect salary arbitration.

     (c) As used in this Article, "age," including "First
Contract Signing Age," means a player's age on September 15 of
the calendar year in which he first signs a Player Contract
regardless of his actual age on the date he signs such contract.

12.2.    Request.

     (a) A player entitled to elect salary arbitration must make
a written request to the parties listed below not later than July
15 in the League Year in which such player is eligible for salary
arbitration (or otherwise prior to such other date as specified
in accordance with the annual critical date calendar agreed upon
between the NHLPA and the League):

                  (i)     National Hockey League
                          1251 Avenue of the Americas
                          47th Floor 
                          New York, New York  10020
                          Attn:  David Zimmerman, Esq., and

                 (ii)     Central Registry
                          1800 McGill College
                          Suite 2600
                          Montreal, Quebec H3A 3J6
                          Attn:  Director, Central Registry and

                (iii)     National Hockey League Player's
                          Association
                          One Dundas Street West
                          Suite 2300
                          Toronto, Ontario M5G 1Z3
                          Attn:  Ian C. Pulver, Esq. and

                 (iv)     The player's Club at its address.

     (b) Such request, made by a Player in accordance with the
provisions herein, shall give to the Arbitrator jurisdiction in
the dispute with respect to the other party also.  Subject to
Section 12.6, the Arbitrator's decision shall be final and
binding on the parties.  The Club and the Player shall sign a
Player Contract promptly thereafter, effective as of September 1
of the League Year in which the request for salary arbitration
was made under this Article, for the appropriate season(s),
setting out the terms of the Arbitrator's decision.  The terms of
the award of the Arbitrator shall not be modified in any respect
except where the parties subsequently agree.

     (c) Only the dispute with respect to the terms of one
contract shall be considered in any one hearing.

     (d) The NHLPA and the NHL are responsible for the procedural
steps described herein and shall act on behalf of the Player and
the Club respectively.  All communications with the Arbitrator,
other than during the hearing, shall be by and through the NHLPA
and the NHL.

     (e) Arbitrators shall be selected as follows:

                  (i)     The League and the NHLPA shall jointly
appoint eight Arbitrators who are members of the National Academy
of Arbitrators.

                 (ii)     On the first Business Day following the
final date for a Player to request salary arbitration, the League
and the NHLPA shall jointly compile a list of all requests, in
order of receipt by NHL Central Registry, provided that if two or 
more requests are received on the same date, then the Players so
requesting on the same day shall be listed in alphabetical order
(the "Player List").  The Player List may not be changed for the
remainder of the process outlined in this subsection.  Within two
Business Days, the parties shall submit to the Impartial
Arbitrator the list of then current salary arbitrators and the
Impartial Arbitrator shall, within 24 hours, numerically order
the salary arbitrators in a completely random manner and fax that
numbered list back to the parties (the  "Arbitrator List").  Upon
receipt of the Arbitrator List, the first name on the Arbitrator
List shall be assigned to the first name on the Player List, the  
second name on the Arbitrator List shall be assigned the second
name on the Player List, and so on until an arbitrator has been
assigned to each Player on the Player List.

12.3.    Hearing Date.  The League and the NHLPA shall schedule
the place, date and time for the arbitration hearing and the
League and the NHLPA shall immediately notify the Club and the
Player of such place, date and time by fax.  All hearings shall
be completed prior to August 15 of such League Year (or otherwise
prior to such other date as specified in accordance with the
annual critical date calendar agreed upon between the NHLPA and
the League).

12.4.    Termination of Arbitrator.  The League and the NHLPA
shall each have the right to terminate the appointment of an
Arbitrator at any time for any reason provided that such
termination shall be effective only after all awards for cases
previously heard by such arbitrator have been rendered.  The
procedure for replacing such an Arbitrator shall be as follows: 
The party who has not initiated the termination shall submit a
list of three names to the party who has initiated the
termination.  The party who has initiated the termination shall
strike two of the names and the remaining person shall be the new
member of the salary arbitration panel.

12.5.    Rules of Procedure.  The Rules of Procedure for salary
arbitration proceedings shall be
as follows:

     (a) Attendance at Hearings.

         The Player, the Club, the League and the NHLPA are each
party to the proceeding.  In addition to representatives of the
parties, any other person(s) agreed upon by the League and the
NHLPA may also attend.

         The Arbitrator may sequester witnesses until they
testify, with the exception of the Player and the Club's primary
representatives.

     (b) Written Submission and Election of Term.

         The NHLPA and the League shall be responsible for
ensuring compliance with this Agreement.  The parties shall file
their respective briefs with the Arbitrator at least forty eight
(48) hours prior to the scheduled opening of the hearing.  In
addition, the parties shall simultaneously exchange briefs
forty-eight (48) hours prior to the scheduled opening of the
hearing.  The failure to timely file and exchange a brief shall
be deemed to constitute a waiver of the right to file any brief
unless excused by the Arbitrator.  Each brief shall be limited to
fifty (50) pages, exclusive of indices, tables of contents, and
exhibits.

         The Club shall elect in its brief whether the
arbitration award shall be for a one or two year contract. 
Failure to make such an election shall be deemed to constitute an
election by the Club for a one year contract.  Notwithstanding
the foregoing, (i) the Club shall be entitled to elect only a one
year contract if the Player is within one year of attaining the
age and experience level required for Group III Player status;
and (ii) if the Player has attained or is within one year of
attaining the experience level required for Group V Player status
and the Club has elected a two-year contract, the Player may, at
the end of the first year of such contract, elect to void the
second year of the contract if the player's salary for the first
year of such contract is less than the Average League Salary for
such year and upon making such election, such Player shall (if he
otherwise qualifies at such time) become a Group V Player and be
entitled to the rights set out in Section 10.1(b).  If the Club
elects a one-year award for a player within one year of attaining
the experience level required for Group V Player status, then at
the end of that year, the player may if he so elects, and if he
qualifies, become a Group V Player at that time and be entitled
to the rights set out in Section 10.1(b).

     (c) Conduct of the Hearings.

         The Player and the NHLPA, jointly, and the Club and the
League, jointly, shall each have a maximum of ninety (90) minutes
to present its affirmative case and thirty (30) minutes to
present its rebuttal case, including any closing statements.  If
the party presenting second has, for the first time during its
rebuttal case raised new substantive issues or introduced
additional comparable players, then the party presenting first
shall, upon the request of the NHLPA or the League only
(whichever is the applicable party), have ten (10) minutes for
surrebuttal, which may be used solely to address those new issues
or new comparable players and may not be used for additional
closing arguments.

     (d) Participation at the Hearings.

         A Player shall be represented at the hearing by the
NHLPA unless the NHLPA chooses to delegate its authority in whole
or in part, with the Player's consent, to the Player's
representative.  Any other party may be represented by counsel,
who may participate fully in the hearing on behalf of that party.

     (e) Arbitration in the Absence of a Party.

         The hearing may proceed in the absence of any party who,
after due notice, fails to appear or to seek and obtain a
postponement pursuant to subsection (1) below.  A decision shall
not be made, however, solely upon the default of a party.  The
Arbitrator shall require the other party to submit such evidence
as he may need for making the decision.

     (f) Evidence.

                   (i)     Subject to the limitations set forth
in subsection (iii) below, the parties may present whatever
witnesses, affidavits, documents and other relevant evidence they
choose to present at the hearing.  The Arbitrator, on behalf of   
any party, or on his own behalf, may call witnesses or request
documents or other evidence as he deems necessary to resolve the
dispute.  The Arbitrator in his discretion shall be the judge of
the relevancy and materiality of the  evidence offered and/or the
weight, if any, to attach to any evidence and shall not be bound
by any formal legal rules of evidence.  All evidence shall be     
presented in the presence of all the parties, unless a party is
in default, having failed to appear for the hearing, or has
waived his right to be present. Statistical evidence asserted in
a party's affirmative case must be included in such party's brief
in order to be admissible.

                 (ii)     The parties may offer evidence of the
following:

                          (A)  the overall performance, including
official statistics prepared by the League (both offensive and
defensive) of the Player in the previous season or seasons; 
                          (B)  the number of games played by the
Player, his injuries or illnesses during the preceding seasons;

                          (C)  the length of service of the
Player in the League and/or with the Club;

                          (D)  the overall contribution of the
Player to the competitive success or failure of his Club in the
preceding season; 

                          (E)  any special qualities of
leadership or public appeal not inconsistent with the fulfillment
of his responsibilities as a playing member of his team;

                          (F)  the overall performance in the
previous season or seasons of any player(s) who is alleged to be
comparable to the party Player whose salary is in dispute; and

                          (G)  (1)  The Compensation of any
player(s) who is alleged to be comparable to the party Player,
provided, however, that in applying this or any of the above
subparagraphs, the Arbitrator shall not consider a player(s) to
be comparable to the party Player unless a party to the
arbitration has contended that the player(s) is comparable; nor
shall the Arbitrator consider the Compensation or performance of
a player(s) unless a party to the arbitration has contended that
the player(s) is comparable.

                               (2)  To the extent a non-cash
economic item does not have an attributed value set forth in the
player's contract or any addenda thereto, the parties shall
attribute a value thereto by mutual agreement or, failing to
reach such agreement, then such value shall be determined by the
Impartial Arbitrator.

                (iii)     The following categories of evidence
are inadmissible and shall not be considered by the Arbitrator:

                          (1)  Any contract the term of which
began when the player party to such contract was not a Group II
Player;

                          (2)  Any contract entered into by an
Unrestricted Free Agent, including contracts signed by players
after the player's Club has exercised a walk-away right pursuant
to Section 12.6;

                          (3)  Qualifying Offers made by the Club
pursuant to Section 10.2;

                          (4)  Any prior offers or history of
negotiations between the Player and the Club; 

                          (5)  Testimonials, videotapes,
newspaper columns, press game reports or similar materials;

                          (6)  Any reference to actual or
potential walk-away rights;

                          (7)  Any award issued by an arbitrator
as to which a Club exercised its walk-away rights pursuant to
Section 12.6;

                          (8)  The financial condition of the
Club or the League.

         In presenting any player's Compensation in a brief, the
first reference thereto shall be a complete breakdown by
component parts (clearly identified) of all such player's
Compensation figures in the same format as the Joint Exhibit.

                 (iv)     In each League Year, the League and the
NHLPA shall agree on a Joint Exhibit setting forth the
Compensation terms contained in all then current contracts of
League players.  The Joint Exhibit shall be completed by the
start of the NHL playoffs in that League Year and thereafter
updated on a rolling basis through and including June 20 of such
League Year.  The Joint Exhibit shall then be utilized to
determine Average League Salary for such League Year.  The Joint
Exhibit shall also be utilized by the League and the NHLPA to
create a second list by each July 1st (the "Comparable Exhibit")
setting forth the Compensation terms contained in all then
current contracts of those players eligible to be used as
comparables for the purposes of that year's salary arbitrations. 
The parties may then use extracts from the Comparable Exhibit to
apprise the Arbitrators of the Compensation of those players
alleged by such party to be comparable to the player who is the
subject of the arbitration.  The full Joint Exhibit and
Comparable Exhibit shall not be distributed to the Arbitrators. 
The Joint Exhibit and the Comparable Exhibit shall promptly be
updated to reflect the following:

                          (A)  the issuance of a salary
arbitration decision;

                          (B)  verified settlement of any salary
arbitration proceeding; and

                          (C)  verified recent signings of any
other player.

     In the absence of a written agreement, the parties shall, in
good faith, take all necessary steps in advance of the start of
the hearing to jointly confirm and memorialize the occurrence of
any of the events described in paragraphs (A), (B) and (C) above. 
The steps shall include, but are not limited to, a conference
call by and between representatives of the parties no later than
three (3) hours before the hearing begins.

     Items (A) through (C) above, although admissible in the
context of a salary arbitration hearing, shall not be deemed to
constitute a contract or a substitute for an appropriately
registered and approved Player Contract or addenda.

     The joint submission of the above defined supplemental
evidence should not prejudice either party's position as to the
relevance, weight or value attributable to any component of the
package at issue.

     The League and the NHLPA jointly shall provide such
Arbitrator with the updated information for any player alleged to
be a comparable player during such arbitration, provided such
settlement or signing is accomplished at least three (3) hours
prior to the commencement of such hearing or such salary
arbitration decision issues before the close of such hearing. 
Any signings or settlements accomplished after commencement of a
hearing shall be inadmissible for all purposes for such hearing.

     (g) Statistics.

         The League shall obtain and provide to the NHLPA any
statistics relative to any aspect of player performance (i) kept
or maintained by the League or (ii) retained by any Club.  The
NHLPA shall provide to the League any statistics relative to any
aspect of player performance kept or maintained by the NHLPA. 
The Commissioner shall use his full authority to ensure each
Club's cooperation in the full and complete implementation of
this provision.  Such statistics shall be so provided within four
weeks after the conclusion of the regular season for regular
season statistics and within two weeks after the conclusion of
the playoffs for playoff statistics.

     (h) Testimony.

         All witnesses and persons who testify orally at the
hearing shall be made available for cross-examination.

     (i) Stenographic Record.

         When requested by either party, the Arbitrator shall
make the requisite arrangements for the taking of an official
stenographic recording of the hearing proceedings.  The cost of
such record shall be borne equally by the parties unless, at the
commencement of the hearing, both the Arbitrator and the other
parties indicate their desire not to receive a copy of the
record, in which case the entire cost shall be borne by the
requesting party.

     (j) Order of Proceedings.

         Unless otherwise determined by the Arbitrator or
mutually agreed to by all parties, the order of proceedings shall
be as follows:

         (A) affirmative case of the Player and the NHLPA;

         (B) affirmative case of the Club and the League;

         (C) rebuttal and closing argument of the Player and the
NHLPA;

         (D) rebuttal and closing argument of the Club and the
League;

         (E) surrebuttal by the Player and/or the NHLPA, where
permitted in accordance with subsection 12.5(c) hereof.

     (k) Reopening of Hearings.

         At any time before a decision is issued, a hearing may
be reopened by the Arbitrator on his own motion or on motion of
any party for good cause shown.

     (l) Continuance, Adjournments or Postponements.

         There shall be no continuance or adjournment of a
hearing, but the commencement of a hearing may be postponed by
the Arbitrator upon the application of the NHLPA or the League
only, based on substantial cause.  Any request for the
postponement of a scheduled hearing shall be made to the
Arbitrator in writing, with copies by fax to all other parties so
that the parties may, if they desire, respond immediately to the
Arbitrator.

     (m) Salary Arbitration Decision.

                  (i)     Each salary arbitration decision must
be issued by fax to each of the parties within 48 hours of the
close of the hearing, provided that for arbitrations held         
                 on Friday, within 72 hours of the close of the
hearing.

                 (ii)     The decision of the Arbitrator shall
establish:

                          (A)  the term of the contract, based
upon the Club's election of a one or two year contract, as set
forth in its brief and as consistent with this Article;

                          (B)  the base salary to be paid to the
Player by the Club for the season(s) in respect to which the
arbitration is conducted;

                          (C)  the bonuses, if any, which are
appropriate in the circumstances;

                          (D)  the inclusion or otherwise of a
"minor league clause" (or clauses) and the amount of base salary
to be paid under each of the season(s) in respect to which the
arbitration is requested;

                          (E)  a brief statement of the reasons
for the decision, including identification of any comparable(s)
relied on.

     (n) Expenses.

         Each party shall be responsible for his own expense of
participation in the arbitration.  The cost of the preparation of
the official record shall be apportioned as provided in
subparagraph (i) above.  The cost of the arbitration proceedings,
including the Arbitrator's fees and expenses, shall be shared
equally among the parties.

     (o) Communications with the Arbitrator.

         Only the NHLPA and/or the League may communicate with
the Arbitrator.  Copies of all written communications sent to the
Arbitrator in connection with an arbitration proceeding shall
immediately be sent to the other parties in the case.  There
shall be no ex parte oral communications with the Arbitrator in
connection with an arbitration proceeding unless previously
agreed to by the NHLPA and the League.

     (p) Publicity.

         The parties shall not publicize the substantive aspects
of any arbitration proceeding until the decision has been issued.

12.6.    Walk-Away Rights.

     (a) If a Club has elected to arbitrate a one year contract,
and the award issued is for $550,000 or more per annum, then the
Club may, within 72 hours after the award of the Arbitrator is
issued (or if a Club has any other player still eligible for
salary arbitration at that time and for whom a decision has not
been rendered by an Arbitrator at that time, and the Club still
has a walk-away right available to it in such League Year
pursuant to paragraph (d) below, 72 hours after the award of the
Arbitrator for such other player is issued), notify the player,
the NHLPA and the NHL in writing that it does not intend to
tender to the player a Player Contract based on the award as
determined by the Arbitrator.  Upon receipt of that notice, the
player shall automatically be deemed to be an Unrestricted Free
Agent, subject to the provisions of paragraphs (c) and (d) below.

     (b) If a Club has elected to arbitrate a two year contract
and the award issued is for $550,000 or more per annum, then the
Club may, within 72 hours after the award of the Arbitrator is
issued (or, if a Club has any other player still eligible for
salary arbitration at that time and for whom a decision has not
been rendered by an Arbitrator at that time, and the Club still
has a walk-away right available to it in such League Year
pursuant to paragraph (d) below, 72 hours after the award of the
Arbitrator for such other player is issued), notify the player,
the NHLPA and the NHL in writing that it does not intend to
tender to the player a two year Player Contract based on the
award as determined by the Arbitrator.  Upon receipt of that
notice by either the player or the NHL, the player and the Club
shall enter into a one year Player Contract providing for the
Compensation set forth in the award and the player will
automatically be deemed to be an Unrestricted Free Agent at the
conclusion of that one year Player Contract subject to the
provisions of paragraphs (c) and (d) below.

     (c) If a Club exercises its walk-away right, the following
applies:

                  (i)     If the player accepts an offer from a
New Club in respect of that year of the contract which the Prior
Club has walked-away from that is less than 80% of the award for
such year, the Prior Club may, within seven (7) days after the
date it receives the applicable Offer Sheet, elect to match the
offer of the New Club and the Player and the Prior Club shall
enter into a Player Contract on those terms and conditions; or

                 (ii)     The player may (A) within seven (7)
days after receipt of notice from the player's Prior Club that
the Prior Club elects to walk-away from the arbitration award, in
respect of the Prior Club's request for a one year contract, or
(B) by July 15 of the League Year following
the expiry of the first year of the award issued by the
Arbitrator where the Club had requested a two-year contract, in
either case by written notice to the Club, elect to enter into a
Player Contract with the Club on the terms and conditions set
forth in the Prior Club's Qualifying Offer.  If such election is
timely exercised, the Club must enter into such contract and, at
the end of the term thereof, the Player shall be a free agent
subject to the provisions of Article 10.

     (d) Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraphs (a) and (b)
above, a Club may exercise the walk-away rights referred to
therein not more than 3 times in any contiguous two League Years
and in any event not more than twice in any League Year.  If a
Club exercises its walk-away right with respect to a two year
award, the walk-away right shall be deemed to be exercised in the
first year of the two year contract.

     (e) The dollar amount of $550,000 set forth in each of
paragraphs (a) and (b) above, shall be increased on an annual
basis at the same percentage rate of increase as the Average
League Salary, with the commencement of the 1996/97 League Year
being the first year such increase shall take effect.  By way of
example, if the Average League Salary on June 30, 1996 has
increased by 10% from the Average League Salary on June 30, 1995,
then the figure of $550,000 stated in paragraphs (a) and (b)
above, shall be increased by 10% on June 30, 1996, and the
ability of a Club to walk-away from an arbitration award rendered
after June 30, 1996, shall be adjusted accordingly.  For each
League Year thereafter, a similar comparison and adjustment shall
be made.

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