Coffee trolleys have been a big hit in the NHL for years, but the NHL has recently started rolling out its first-ever trolley.
New Jersey Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov (left) and New York Islanders center Nick Leddy test the coffee trolley, which will go on sale this season.
The trolley will serve up about 5,000 cups of coffee each day.
The trolley is a new concept that’s similar to how the NHL treats the NHLPA, the players union.
But unlike the union, which has long demanded a return to the pre-lockout era of the 1980s, the NHL is working on the first-of-its-kind concept.
“We have to do something that will not disrupt the league,” Commissioner Gary Bettman said.
“It’s a great time to do that, and this is a great opportunity for us to do it.”
The first- of-its kind concept, the coffee cup, is similar to the NHL’s lockout-era practices.
Teams and players get to take a seat in front of the coffee machine during the first five minutes of the game, then they’re allowed to walk away without paying.
It’s similar in concept to the union’s lockout policy, but Bettman stressed it’s not the union that’s forcing it.
“The union has been saying that for years,” Bettman told reporters.
“But we’re here to do this.
We’re here because we have to.
There’s no other reason to do so.
It will create an atmosphere of trust.
The players, they’ll come in.
The coaches, they will come in, and the players will be able to go in, they can pay their dues, and then we’ll be done.”
The new coffee system is similar in many ways to the way the NHL stores all its equipment.
Players are able to bring in their own coffee and beverage containers for free.
Players can choose which coffee they want to drink.
Players can choose to keep the old trolley in their locker room or the new one on the team bus.
But the NHL wants players to pay for the new trolley, which is being made possible by a new deal signed with the union.
The NHLPA is hoping that will help it get the equipment back in place.
“I think it’s important that the players understand that they have to pay the cost of these things,” Bettmen said.
“It’s not just the money.
This is a commitment to the players.
I think that’s important, because we need players to get a sense of trust that they’re not going to be treated in a way that’s not fair.”
The NHLPA has asked the league to return to a lockout-like policy, and it wants to make sure the new system doesn’t get the players too angry with the league.
“They have to understand that the league and the owners have agreed to a protocol that’s being implemented,” said Brett Hull, the union representative for the New York Rangers.
The union’s efforts have paid off. “
If they don’t get a taste of what we’re all about, we will come after them.”
The union’s efforts have paid off.
The first of its kind coffee troms are scheduled to begin service in October.