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NHLPA to cover players’ insurance during lockout

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 24: Chris Pronger #20 of the Philadelphia Flyers falls to the ice after being hit in the face by a stick during the game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Wells Fargo Center on October 24, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Flyers defeated the Leafs 4-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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The NHLPA is restoring insurance coverage for players and their families after the league canceled it on Sept. 16, USA Today’s Kevin Allen reports.

Players must meet one or more of the following requirements to receive coverage, according to Allen:

  • Spent at least 70 days on an active NHL roster last season.
  • Appeared in 160 career regular season games or more. (Backup goalies included.)
  • Under contract with an NHL team next season.

Players who signed contracts with other pro leagues will need to seek their own coverage, however.

The NHLPA has also reportedly arranged to increase career-ending disability payments. Allen reports that the payouts range from $75K to $370K.

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