The latest NHL Players Union policy states that a player who does not have a registered account can’t register an online account unless he has a paid account with a payment processor such as PayPal, credit card, bank account, or other method that has been verified by the player.
For the first time, the policy also says that a professional player may not create an account on behalf of his personal account.
“A player may create an online or off-line personal account with his or her own account number, e-mail address, or email address and password,” the policy states.
“The account holder is responsible for the use of the account.”
In practice, many players have found it easier to create an off-isolation personal account for themselves and other teammates, and then make payments to that account through the NHL’s online store.
But for players who do not have paid accounts or are not eligible to use an online payment option, the NHLPA has advised players to contact the league to learn how to register for a payment option.
“There is a new and interesting way for players to receive NHLPA payments via the NHL Store,” the union wrote in an email to fans.
“For players with paid accounts, a personal account may be created in the name of a player or a team and then the payment is made to the player’s account.
If a player has not had an account with an online provider and is in the process of signing up for a paid NHLPA payment account, the player should contact the team and explain why he or she should be using an offline account.
We encourage players to use a paid PayPal account for the purchase of merchandise from the NHLStore, as the NHL has a separate account for this purpose.”
The policy also suggests that players who sign up for paid account payments through the store should have their personal account number and payment information verified by NHL security staff.
The player must provide a valid payment method and the payment must be made within 30 days of the payment being received.
The NHLPA’s policy on the use and handling of paid accounts goes beyond the existing guidelines that are in place for other professional leagues, including the NBA and MLB.
The policy allows players to make payments through their off-season personal accounts, which include payment cards, bank accounts, credit cards, checks, and cashier’s checks.
The player also must have the proper personal account information and be eligible to sign up with an NHLPA team to use the account, according to the policy.
If the player is ineligible to sign-up, the team can be fined up to $1,000 and/or banned from the league.
“If a player does not own a registered NHLPA personal account, he or they must use an offsite personal account to make a payment to the NHL,” the NHLP wrote.
“This account must be open for payment to make the payment and must be verified by our security staff.”