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National Hockey League Collective Bargaining Agreement -1993-2004
Article 4 
Union Security and Check-Off


4.1. Membership.  Every player has the option of joining or not
joining the Association; provided, however, that as a condition
of employment for the duration of this Agreement and wherever and
whenever legal:

     (a) any active player who is or later becomes a member in
good standing of the NHLPA must maintain his membership in good
standing in the Association; or(b) any active player who is not a
member in good standing of the NHLPA must, on the 30th day
following the beginning of his employment, pay, pursuant to
Section 4.02 below or otherwise, to the NHLPA an annual service
fee in the same amount as the periodic dues.

4.2. Check-off.  Each Club will deduct from the salary of each
hockey player who voluntarily authorizes and directs such
deduction in accordance with this Article, an amount equal to the
periodic dues and any assessments of the NHLPA.  The said amount
shall be deducted from the player's salary on a monthly basis and
shall be remitted by the Club to the NHLPA.  The NHLPA shall
advise each Club in writing as to the amount to be deducted for
each deduction period.  Each such authorization by a player shall
be in writing in the form prescribed (Exhibit 2), and shall be
governed by the provisions hereof.

4.3. Indemnification.  Consistent with the NHLPA's responsibility
to obtain from players and file with Clubs written Check-off
authorizations, the NHLPA shall be solely responsible for refunds
to players in the case of any sums deducted not in conformity
with the provisions of the NHLPA Constitution and Bylaws or
applicable law.  Further, the NHLPA shall indemnify each Club and
the NHL against and hold it harmless from any claim paid or
incurred on account of any finding that a deduction or payment of
any amount under Section 4.2 hereof was wrongful or invalid.

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