NHL extends player development agreements for 2020-21 season


National Hockey League Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly, left, and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman speak to the media. (Martti Kainulainen/Lehtikuva via AP)

The NHL Board of Governors has approved new player development agreements with various leagues for the 2020-21 season, the league announced Tuesday.

The new agreement includes a one-year extension of the current deal with the CHL. Players have to be either 20 years old or have played four seasons in junior hockey before they can join an NHL team’s minor-league affiliate. The current agreement was signed back in November 2013 and was set to expire on June 30, 2020.

The NHL will also follow the same player transfer agreement with leagues under the IIHF Federation, including Sweden, Finland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, France, Denmark, Norway and Germany.

The league also announced a new player transfer agreement with the Swiss Ice Hockey Association and Swiss League.

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