WHAT’S IN AN S.P.A.?

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS -

The Stan­dard Player Agree­ment is the name for the con­tract be­tween a player and an OHL club. It guar­an­tees:

Up to $470 a month (or $900 a month for over­age play­ers) for liv­ing ex­penses such as cell­phone bills and gas, up to $500 a year for a ca­reer-end­ing in­sur­ance pol­icy, up to $1,000 a year for off-sea­son train­ing, a min­i­mum education pack­age, which in­cludes one year’s tu­ition, books and com­pul­sory fees for each sea­son in the league,

up to $450 a year in hon­o­rar­i­ums, based on the team’s play­off per­for­mance and

ad­di­tional ex­penses, such as room and board, travel, equip­ment, tu­ition and books (i.e. while the player is on the team), and med­i­cal and den­tal fees. Prior to the 2013-14 sea­son, the SPA had dif­fer­ent lan­guage around re­im­burse­ments (they used to be called fees) and guar­an­teed up to $50 a week (or $150 a week for over­age play­ers) for liv­ing ex­penses. It didn’t in­clude any money for off-sea­son train­ing, and re­quired a player to use his education pack­age no more than 18 months af­ter the end of his fi­nal OHL sea­son. His schol­ar­ship was also void if he signed a pro­fes­sional con­tract with an NHL, AHL or Euro­pean team. Now, a player has un­til 18 months af­ter the end of his OHL el­i­gi­bil­ity to ac­cess his education pack­age, and can still use the schol­ar­ship if he signs an AHL deal.

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