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Canadian Prime Minister urges Bettman to allow Olympic participation

Apr 9, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

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With the NHL still in talks about the possibility of playing in the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper weighed in on the matter.

Harper wants to see Canadian NHL stars get a chance to represent their country in Russia and has urged NHL commissioner Gary Bettman to make that a reality, according to the Associated Press.

Whether or not Harper gets his way remains to be seen, but he might not have to wait much longer for an answer.

Bob Nicholson, an IIHF competition committee member and the president Hockey Canada, expects a decision on the matter before the men’s world championship starts on May 3.

“It’s not a deadline for us, but it certainly helps us,” Nicholson said in a Toronto Star report. “If the NHL players are going to the Olympics we have our management staff in place and it certainly helps us get the players we want there.”

IIHF president Rene Fasel agrees with Nicholson.

“We’re still hoping to have an answer before the start of the world championship, which is the end of this month,” Fasel said.

“There’s really a lot to discuss. There are a number of partners involved, so it’s not so easy — the IOC, us, the NHL and NHLPA and everybody is busy at this time of year.”

Related:

Sochi 2014: Travel still an issue for NHL

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

Report: NHL participation in Sochi “just short of a foregone conclusion”

  1. ibieiniid - Apr 9, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    “And the medal of course made of white chocolate, as is tradition. What a glorious day for Canada, and therefore, the world.”

  2. bucrightoff - Apr 9, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Or you could focus on the growing debt and unemployment instead Stephen? Thanks, that is what we elect you clowns for.

    • ibieiniid - Apr 9, 2013 at 9:26 AM

      what u guys got, half a tril? psh, small change, let us show you how it’s done ::cracks knuckles, starts another war::

      • ibieiniid - Apr 9, 2013 at 2:35 PM

        ^^^ grumpy-face thumbs-downer strikes again.

        or maybe Dick Cheney is a PHT board member. highcountrybear? he’s sure senile enough.

    • elemeno89 - Apr 9, 2013 at 9:28 AM

      It’s a sentence. Get over yourself and find something else to complain about.

    • valoisvipers - Apr 9, 2013 at 11:39 PM

      Harper is laughing at us, therefore we must be the clowns albeit sad faced clowns.

  3. mclovinhockey - Apr 9, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Meanwhile the rest of the world is worried about North Korea launching nukes.

    • ibieiniid - Apr 9, 2013 at 9:33 AM

      has anybody made the odds of NK accidentally blowing itself up before somebody else has to? i’ll take that bet.

      but….. Olympics? what are Olympics? due to a freak calculus accident, I only have a 3-year memory

      • ibieiniid - Apr 9, 2013 at 10:10 AM

        damn, Olympics actually being every 2 years ruined that…

    • kitshky - Apr 9, 2013 at 9:49 AM

      …I’m pretty sure the only people actually worried about lil Kimmy’s nukes live in 1982.

  4. mclovinhockey - Apr 9, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    Hahaha ibiend : )
    That was great.

    It’s like that time I broke my leg playing chess.

    • ibieiniid - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:02 PM

      haha thanks bud. careful. those rooks are heavy.

  5. valoisvipers - Apr 9, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    Shut your pie hole about hockey and try to run our country as the people want and not by your own agendas.

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