But for the first time since the 1990s, the NHL and the NHL Players` Association also negotiated a long-term extension to their collective agreement. The NHL suspended the schedule for its 2019/20 season on March 12 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2013 CBA would have expired on September 15, 2022. . On July 10, 2020, the NHL and NHL announced the extension of the CBA until the 2025/26 NHL season. . Several elements of the «Return to Play» plan were announced on the same day. The NHPA and nhl ratified a four-year extension of the CBA (until 2025-26) and a return-to-play plan on July 10, 2020. The terms of this agreement are set out in a Detailed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). On the expiry date of the old agreement, the NHL Board of Governors met and unanimously decided that the 2004/2005 NHL season would be postponed until a new collective agreement was in effect. . .