FILE - In this June 6, 2019, file photo, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman speaks during a news conference before Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final between the St. Louis Blues and the Boston Bruins in Boston. Under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement, NHL owners and players divide hockey-related revenue 50/50, and if player salaries exceed that split a certain percentage is withheld in escrow to make it even. The Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews and fellow players have lost upwards of 10% of their pay to escrow over the past seven seasons, which is why 25 of 31 NHL Players’ Association representatives surveyed by The Associated Press and Canadian Press named escrow as the biggest bargaining issue with September deadlines looming to terminate the current CBA effective the fall of 2020. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Escrow tops NHL players' list of concerns ahead of CBA talks

June 16, 2019 - 11:59 am

Olympic participation, health care and hockey-related revenue are all considered important topics for NHL players going into a key period of labor talks.

But an overwhelming majority of NHL Players' Association representatives surveyed by The Associated Press and Canadian Press name escrow as the biggest issue in collective bargaining talks.

Under the labor deal, NHL owners and players divide hockey-related revenue 50/50, and if player salaries exceed that split a certain percentage is withheld in escrow to make it even.

According to the AP/CP survey, 25 of 31 union representatives call escrow the biggest bargaining issue.

Owners and players face separate September deadlines to terminate the current CBA effective the fall of 2020. Losing upward of 10% of their salaries to escrow is something players want to fix.

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