NHL and the National Hockey League Players Association (NHLPA) have reached a settlement that will combine the two leagues in an effort to keep players and their unions from being hit by antitrust suits.
The deal, which will be finalized at the end of the month, will also allow the league to avoid potential fines from the U.S. Department of Justice.
The agreement will be made official on July 14, NHL spokesperson Mike Johnston told ESPN.
It will also include new language to prevent the league from using NHL Player Security Services to monitor players, such as players who are injured or have issues with their medical histories.
Johnston said the agreement will also limit the use of the Player Safety Services to prevent players from being punished for using illegal substances.
The league is expected to make a statement on the agreement after it’s finalized.