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NHL Asked for Decision on Olympics by End of April

NHL team owners have made it clear they don't want to stop their season again for the Winter Games and put their stars at risk of injury

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, skates during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Anaheim Ducks, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, in Washington, photo: AP/Nick Wass
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International Ice Hockey Federation President Rene Fasel says he needs to know by the end of April whether NHL players will be cleared to play in the South Korea Olympics next year.

NHL team owners have made it clear they don’t want to stop their season again for the Winter Games and put their stars at risk of injury. The reluctance has come up before and yet the NHL has participated in the Olympics since 1998. This time, however, there seems to be an impasse.

International Ice Hockey Federation President Rene Fasel, (L) listens as NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman (R) answers a question during a news conference addressing hockey issues at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. Photo: AP/Mark Humphrey

The head of the NHL Players Association, Donald Fehr, says the players want to participate and hopes the league will take advantage of the chance to market the game in Asia.

However, NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly says without “material change to the current status quo, NHL players will not be participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics.”

LARRY LAGE

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