BLF will provide additional details on the start date, how production plans for the NHL brand are developed for candy. The interruption of the traditional sports season had a big impact on the retail trade in 2020, as it was difficult to plan products with professional sports calendars. Professional leagues expect a quick return to a more predictable schedule that should allow retailers to return to historic buying patterns. BLF continues to work with other professional sports organizations to develop schedules for licensing agreements, with a focus on professional basketball and football as the next entry league. The company is in active discussions with all major sports leagues in North America and expects additional licensing agreements in the future. Download the 2013 comprehensive collective bargaining agreement (PDF) between the NHL and the NHLPA. The National Hockey League Players Association (NHLPA) is a labour organization whose members are players of the National Hockey League (NHL). The NHLPA works on behalf of players in various disciplines such as labour relations, product licensing, marketing, international hockey and community relations, all in promoting its efforts to promote its members and the game of hockey. In 1999, the NHLPA launched the Goals and Dreams Fund as a way for players to return to the game they love. Over the past 20 years, more than 80,000 deserving children in 34 countries have benefited from player donations for hockey equipment.