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Deal to send NHL players to 2014 Sochi Olympics could be finalized by Monday

Jun 27, 2013, 7:59 PM EDT

It would appear almost official that National Hockey League players will compete at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

According to a Twitter post from Dan Rosen of, commissioner Gary Bettman said the NHL, NHLPA, IOC and IIHF will meet Monday in New York to hopefully finalize an agreement.

The negotiation process between those four parties to send NHL players back to compete in the Olympics for a fifth consecutive time has been ongoing since the end of the lockout in January.

Last week, Hockey Canada president Bob Bob Nicholson sounded hopeful that a formal agreement would be signed “within the next couple of weeks.”

At the 2010 Games in Vancouver, Canada won its second gold medal in the last three Olympics.


  1. Jeff - Jun 27, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    The NHL hockey players participation will taint the Olympics this time around. They’re like petulant children.

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Jun 27, 2013 at 11:02 PM

      In what way? Usually it makes for good theater.

    • endusersolutions2013 - Jun 27, 2013 at 11:07 PM

      And KHL Players arn’t?

    • endusersolutions2013 - Jun 27, 2013 at 11:07 PM

      And KHL Players aren’t?

  2. endusersolutions2013 - Jun 27, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    One thing that I don’t think they may have fully considered – the livelihood of jihaddists from central Asia targeting the Olympics. They’ve targeted Moscow before, and this would give them the biggest world stage since the PLO showed up at the Munich Olympics in 1972.

    • hockinj25 - Jun 28, 2013 at 12:31 AM

      First, security is a lot better now than in 1972 so the chances of an attack is a lot less. And second, would you rather a bunch of young amateur players be injured or should we just cancel the Olympics altogether so the chances of an attack are 0?

      • endusersolutions2013 - Jun 28, 2013 at 9:25 AM

        No, what I said was based on following ongoing news regarding islam and jihiddism. Russian intelligence has seen in a recent “plot stop”, that the jihaddists are planning on targeting the Olympics there. Part of the challenge is central Asian proximity

    • ntvd7 - Jun 28, 2013 at 9:27 AM

      When did this forum turn into Faux News?

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