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NHL Tryouts and Contracts

Do NHL players invited for a tryout sign a tryout contract?

Do they pay their own way?

What if they get hurt in camp, are they covered by the team?

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Do NHL players invited for a tryout sign a tryout contract?

Do they pay their own way?

What if they get hurt in camp, are they covered by the team?
Yes.

No, they get a round trip airline ticket, hotel/meals and per diem coverage.

Yes.

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Do NHL players invited for a tryout sign a tryout contract?

Do they pay their own way?

What if they get hurt in camp, are they covered by the team?
The only contracts under which you can play a game in the NHL regular season are the NHL Standard Players Contract (SPC - Exhibit 1 of the CBA) and a one day Amateur Try Out Agreement (ATO - Exhibit 17 of the CBA). The NHL ATO is used only for emergency conditions and does not pay any compensation.

Players in camp may also sign an AHL SPC, ATO, or PTO with the clubs minor league affiliate. The PTO (Professional Try Out) contract is a minor league contract of up to 25 games, but can be terminated earlier. I believe players on PTOs would earn at least the AHL minimum salary for the duration of the contract (LS may have a better answer here) and would be covered by the teams insurance..

From the AHL FAQ:

http://www.theahl.com/theahl/faqs/

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What do those abbreviations on your transactions page stand for?
SPC = Standard players' contract (also known as an "AHL contract")
PTO = Professional try-out contract
ATO = Amateur try-out contract

AHL players not signed to one of these three contracts are on NHL contracts and assigned to their respective AHL clubs by their parent team.
Here is a writeup on AHL PTOs from a Thrashers blog:

http://thrashersprospectsannex.blogs...to-in-ahl.html

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What is a PTO in the AHL?
It seems that there is no place on the internet that properly explains the AHL PTO, so I will do my best to fill that void. Please let me know if there are any errors.

PTO = Professional try-out contract

This is an animal found only in the AHL. PTO's are for 25 games, but the player can be released before that. He can also be signed to a second PTO, but after two PTO's he either becomes a free agent or is signed to a SPC - standard players' contract (also just called an "AHL contract").

Another type of contract in the AHL: ATO = Amateur try-out contract

These are signed by previously amateur players -- graduating college seniors and players finishing juniors. There is no set number of games on these.

Any player on an AHL SPC, PTO or ATO must be released from his contract before he can sign in the NHL. Occasionally you'll hear people say an NHL team "picked up his contract," but he's really signing a different kind of contract, it's not directly transferable. The player is not eligible to play in the NHL on a PTO or even a SPC. To play in the NHL you must be signed to an NHL contract, which are full-year, guaranteed contracts (with exceptions for goaltenders in emergencies and players sent back to junior. There is also a one-game ATO in the NHL which is extremely rare, but used for players coming out of college sometimes. See Justin Abdelkader of Detroit).
The AHL CBA is only available for a fee from the PHPA (the AHL Players Association) website and does not seem to available on the AHL site - so I can't check if PTOs are subject to any minimum salary requirements.

Does anyone out there have a copy of the AHL CBA?

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Yes.

No, they get a round trip airline ticket, hotel/meals and per diem coverage.

Yes.
That's not entirely true. When the islanders brought Bryan Berard in for a tryout, he had to pay for his hotel and food. There was an article in the local newspaper at the time about it.

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That's not entirely true. When the islanders brought Bryan Berard in for a tryout, he had to pay for his hotel and food. There was an article in the local newspaper at the time about it.
It's specified that way in the 2005 (current) CBA. So, if Berard came to camp prior to 2004 (e.g., 2003, 2002; there was no camp in 2004), then, he may have had to pay his way.

(Now, the guy could pay his way and get reimbursed.)

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The only players who would have to pay their own way would be college players - or they would lose their NCAA eligibility.

I know they have to pay their own expenses to attend summer development camps.

I believe they can also attend NHL training camp - either unsigned or on an AHL ATO? - but few do since classes and NCAA practices have already started in Sept.

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This is an old thread, but seems relevant. Does anyone know if a player on an AHL PTO can sign an AHL SPC or NHL SPC with another team without being released from their current PTO?

I thinking specifically of Jonathan Cheechoo. Given that his 2nd PTO is almost up, can he sign with a different team before the PTO is up or the Sharks release him?

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This is an old thread, but seems relevant. Does anyone know if a player on an AHL PTO can sign an AHL SPC or NHL SPC with another team without being released from their current PTO?

I thinking specifically of Jonathan Cheechoo. Given that his 2nd PTO is almost up, can he sign with a different team before the PTO is up or the Sharks release him?

Cheechoo can sign a NHL SPC at any time. It would then superceed his AHL PTO.

WRT AHL SPC, he first would have to be released from current PTO (or it lapses/expires).

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