NHLPA President Donald Fehr announced the union’s support for a “Round Wall” initiative to be included in the next collective bargaining agreement.
“The NHLPA has long been the voice of hardworking American families, and we’ve always made it a priority to be the voice for all American families who want the most affordable and reliable access to the game of hockey,” Fehr said in a statement.
“As our players and players’ representatives, we have always been the front line of the voices of American families.
And today, we are the front lines of the voice that is being heard in Washington, D.C., and across the country.”
The initiative would be part of a broader push to include more affordable housing options in the NHLPA’s next collective agreement.
The NHLPA had previously announced plans to launch an initiative to make “the dream of a home in the National Hockey League” a reality.
The league has been exploring such an initiative since the 2012 lockout, when it was unclear how many teams would participate in a proposed $1.9 billion renovation of the Washington Capitals arena.
The NHL has had some difficulty finding affordable housing for its players since the lockout.
In 2014, the league said that it would take up to 10 years to build new housing for all its players.
In 2017, the NHL also said it would make the renovation of its arena a priority, but that the plan was “under construction.”