How are player ages calculated?
Age is calculated different ways in the NHL-NHLPA collective bargaining agreement.
ENTRY-LEVEL SIGNING AGE
A player’s entry-level signing age — used for determining length of the contract and slide eligibility — is calculated on Sept. 15 of the calendar year the contract was signed, per Section 9.2 of the CBA. However, per Section 9.1 (d) (i) of the CBA, players turning 20 between Sept. 16 and Dec. 31 in the calendar year the contract was signed are an exception to the rule. Such players are deemed to be 20 years of age rather than 19.
WAIVER SIGNING AGE
A player’s waiver signing age — used for determining waiver eligibility — is outlined in Section 13.4 of the CBA and is calculated as follows:
18 — Player must turn 18 between Jan. 1 and Sept. 15 in the entry-draft calendar year preceding the first season of his first contract.
19+ — The age the player reaches in the entry-draft calendar year preceding the first season of his first contract.