The NHL and NHLPA announced Friday they would join forces to “support the most resilient athletes in their fight for a cure” in their battle against breast cancer.

“We are grateful for the outpouring of support and prayers from our fans and our players in the fight against this devastating disease,” NHL President Brian Burke said in a statement.

“It is our hope that the support will provide a path forward for women and their families, who may have been denied a fair shot at a cure by the NHL, the NHLPA, the players association or other medical professionals.”

Burke said the NHL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement prohibits a player from receiving a salary or bonuses if he or she has a diagnosis of breast cancer or other cancer.

The players union has said it will not negotiate salary cap changes or the expansion of the salary cap in the absence of a consensus agreement.

“In addition to our efforts to support our female athletes, we are grateful to our athletes for their leadership and sacrifice in this fight, and we are committed to supporting their continued recovery,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said in the statement.

The NHL has seen a decline in women playing in the NHL since the 2015-16 season, according to data from the National Hockey League Players Association.

It’s unclear if any players have returned to the game since then.

The NBA announced a similar agreement in September with the league’s players, who said they were encouraged by the “unprecendent support” from the NBA.NBA Commissioner Adam Silver called on players and fans to come together to fight the disease, and said in September the NBA was launching a national fund to support women with breast cancer in a bid to stem the pandemic.

In September, the NBA also announced the NBA Players Association had agreed to create a fund for the National Women’s Cancer Fund, and that the NBA would create a new Women’s Foundation to support athletes battling cancer.