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National Hockey League Collective Bargaining Agreement -1993-2004
Exhibit 5
Performance Bonuses

     The following is a list of the performance bonuses that may
be included in a player's contract during his entry level period. 
Each bonus is stated in terms of both the category of performance
and the minimum level of performance required for a bonus.  The
Player and the Club are free to negotiate and agree upon any
dollar amount to be paid for achieving the minimum or any higher
level to which the Player and Club agree.  Bonuses paid under
this provision are outside the cap.  No other performance bonuses
except games played bonuses may be included in a player's
contract during his entry level period.

I.   General

    Final National Hockey League statistics are to be utilized. 
No post season challenges to the final statistics will be
entertained.

    All bonuses shall apply to regular season games only.

II.  League Awards

         The following are the only awards or trophies for
which clubs and players may negotiate bonuses:  the Hart Memorial
Trophy ("Hart"), the Art Ross Trophy ("Art Ross"), the Vezina
Trophy ("Vezina"), the William Jennings Trophy ("Jennings"), the
Calder Memorial Trophy ("Calder"), the Norris Trophy ("Norris"),
the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy ("Lady Byng"), the Conn Smythe      
Trophy ("Conn Smythe"), the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy
("Masterton"), the Alka Seltzer Plus Award ("Alka Seltzer"), the
Frank J. Selke Trophy ("Selke"),and the King Clancy Memorial
Trophy ("Clancy").

     A.   A player may be awarded a bonus for finishing in the
top ten in balloting for the Hart, Art Ross, Norris, Vezina,
Selke and the Alka Seltzer.

     B.   A player may be awarded a bonus for finishing in the
top five only in balloting for the Calder and the Lady Byng.

     C.   A player may be awarded a bonus solely for winning the
Conn Smythe, Clancy, Masterton, and Jennings.

     D.   In the event that the National Hockey League creates
additional award(s) of like stature in the future, Clubs may
award bonuses to players in connection therewith.

     E.   A player may be awarded a bonus for being named to the
official NHL All-Star Team at the conclusion of each season. 
Such a bonus may be awarded for selection to the First or Second
Team only.

     F.   A player may be awarded a bonus for being named to the
NHL All-Rookie Team.

     G.   A player may be awarded a bonus for being selected to
play in the NHL All-Star Game.

III. Individual Bonuses

A.   Forwards

     1.   Ice Time.  Player must be in top nine forwards on club.

     2.   Goals Scored:  20 Goal Minimum

     3.   Assists Scored:  35 Assist Minimum

     4.   Total Points Scored:  60 Point Minimum

     5.   Plus-Minus Rating:  Plus 10 Minimum.  A non-playoff
club may award a bonus to a forward in the top three forwards on
the club in Plus-Minus (no minimum required).

     6.   Team Penalty Killing Rating.  Player must be on one of
the penalty killing units. 
          Minimum top 10 in NHL.*

     7.   Team Power Play Rating.  Player must be on one of the
power play units. 
          Minimum top 10 in NHL*

     8.   Points Per Game.  Minimum of Forty-Two (42) Games
Played.  Minimum .73 Points Per Game

     9.   Power Play Goals
          Minimum 5 Goals

     10.  Short-Handed Goals
          Minimum 3 Goals

     11.  Game-Winning Goals
          Minimum 4 Goals

*    In the event the NHL expands, this number shall increase by
one for each two clubs added.

B.   Defensemen

     1.   Ice Time.  Player must be in top four defensemen on
club.

     2.   Goals Scored:  10 Goal Minimum

     3.   Assists Scored:  25 Assist Minimum

     4.   Total Points Scored:  40 Point Minimum

     5.   Plus-Minus Rating:  Plus 10 Minimum.  A non-playoff
club may award a bonus to a defenseman in the top three
defensemen on the club in Plus-Minus (no minimum          
required).

     6.   Team Penalty Killing Rating. Player must be on one of
the power play units.
          Minimum top 10 in NHL.*

     7.   Team Power Play Rating.  Player must be on one of the
power play units. 
          Minimum top 10 in NHL.*

     8.   Points Per Game.  Minimum of forty-two (42) games
played.  Minimum .73 points per game.

     9.   Power Play Goals
          Minimum 3 Goals

     10.  Short-Handed Goals
          Minimum 2 Goals

     11.  Game-Winning Goals
          Minimum 3 Goals

*    In the event the NHL expands, this number shall increase by
one for each two clubs added.

C.   Goaltenders

     1.   Minutes Played:  Minimum 1800 Minutes.

     2.   Goals Against Average (25 Game Minimum, 20 Minute
Minimum*)

          3.00 - 3.25 (.890 SVPCTG required)
          Minimum 2.99 or Below (no minimum SVPCTG required)

     3.   Save Percentage (25 Game Minimum, 20 Minute Minimum*)

               Minimum .890 or greater

     4.   Wins (20 Minute Minimum*)

     5.   Shutouts (40 minute minimum*).  Club must record a
shutout in the game.

               Minimum 4 Shutouts

*  If goaltender is replaced for an extra attacker, those minutes
shall count.

D.   Stanley Cup Championship

A club may award a personal bonus to a player in the event that
the Club wins the Stanley Cup championship.  No bonuses may be
awarded for any other playoff success.  No club may award a bonus
to a player for the club's regular season finish position. 
Player must play in one-half of Club's games in the playoffs in
the year Club wins the Stanley Cup.  If there is an odd number of
games played, Player will have to play in the lesser number of
games.  For example, if there are 21 games played, Player must
play in 10 games.

E.   League-Ranking Bonuses

     1.   Skaters:  A club may award a bonus if the player
finishes in the top 15 in the League in Goals, Assists, Points or
Plus-Minus.

     2.   Goaltenders:  A club may award a bonus if the player
finishes in the top 10 in the League in Goals Against Average,
Save Percentage.

F.   Education

     Clubs may reimburse players for reasonable educational
expenses actually incurred (proof of payment must be submitted)
up to a maximum of $5,000 annually in native currency for
tuition, books and fees in connection with a player's continuing
education at an accredited university or college.  Proof of a
passing grade must be submitted.

     All such payments are non-cap dollars.

     Any payments not in conformity with this section, including
without limitation any cash payment earmarked for education, are
cap dollars, and count against the Entry Level salary cap.

G.   Travel

     Clubs may agree to pay the travel (airfare, accommodation,
and game tickets) for a player's parents only to watch his first
NHL game.  If this is not practical, clubs may bring a player's
parents in for a different game that season.  Such expenses may
be paid on only one occasion for a player in the Entry Level
system.

     All such payments are non-cap dollars.

     Any payments not in conformity with this section are cap
dollars, and count against the Entry Level salary cap.

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