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‘Productive’ meetings wrap in Sochi, but no NHL participation agreement yet

Mar 13, 2013, 10:56 AM EDT

Sidney Crosby #87 of Canada celebrates with his captain Scott Niedermayer #27 after scoring the matchwinning goal in overtime past Ryan Miller #39 of the United States during the ice hockey men's gold medal game between USA and Canada on day 17 of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics at Canada Hockey Place on February 28, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada.
(February 27, 2010 - Source: Alex Livesey/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

It’s still not official that NHL players will be at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, but things are trending in the right direction.

“We had two productive days of meetings in Sochi,” said NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, per TSN.ca. “Saw and visited all the hockey venues, the Olympic Village and other key Olympics-related infrastructure. We met with the Sochi Organizing Committee, the IIHF and a number of IOC representatives. There is more work to be done, but it was an important trip for us to make.”

Meanwhile, IIHF president Rene Fasel said he remains “optimistic about the NHL’s participation in Sochi” and hopes an agreement between all the parties can be reached by “latest beginning of May.”

Video: Bettman, Fasel discuss ‘constructive’ Olympic participation meeting

  1. r8rbhawk - Mar 13, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    Can you please change the pic that goes with this story? I hate being reminded how close we were to shocking the world…

  2. canucks30 - Mar 13, 2013 at 1:36 PM

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