The NHL and the NHLPA reached a settlement on Friday that will allow players to join the National Hockey League Players Association.
The agreement was reached in a confidential agreement between the NHL Players Association and the National Labor Relations Board, according to the NHL.
Players will be eligible to form a union and negotiate collectively with the league.
Under the deal, players who want to become a union member must first be able to join a union or participate in collective bargaining.
The players’ union is the bargaining agent for the NHL and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the NHL Player Collective Bargaining Agreement.
The NHLPA is responsible under the collective bargaining agreement for all player-related matters, including grievance procedures and grievance appeals.
Under terms of the agreement, NHL Players’ Association President Donald Fehr will serve as the NHL’s representative in the union.
The union has been negotiating the terms of an NHL collective bargaining contract for years, but this is the first time that the two sides have come to an agreement.
The NHLPA has been in negotiations with the union since at least 2014.
The league has long said it will not agree to the deal if the union does not agree.
The deal comes a day after the union said it had reached a tentative deal with the NHL on collective bargaining rights.
The negotiations were scheduled to begin in December but were put on hold amid the lockout.
Last year, the union agreed to a tentative contract with the National Basketball Association, the National Football League and Major League Baseball.
The NFL had a similar deal with players earlier in the lockout that was set to expire in January.
The current lockout is expected to last through the end of the year.