NHL meets with IOC to discuss Sochi Olympics participation

The NHL said more work needs to be done before it gives players the green light to compete in the...

The NHL said more work needs to be done before it gives players the green light to compete in the 2014 Sochi Games. (Daniel Mallard/QMI Agency/Files)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:36 PM ET

Apart from a few NHL owners, you would be hard-pressed to find anybody who doesn't want to see NHL players participating in the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi next February.

The involved parties met Friday and IIHF honcho Rene Fasel said the process moved forward and he remains optimistic a deal can be reached. Interestingly, he said he didn’t think the financial aspects of having NHLers at the Olympics — which are significant — were the biggest stumbling block.

“I remain cautiously optimistic. (I) still believe a deal can be in place before the world championship. Logistics remains main issue,” tweeted the IIHF, quoting Fasel. He said talks would continue with some stakeholders next week at the under-18 championships in Sochi.

The logistics are apparently accommodating NHL guests at the Olympic Games.

Certainly, you wouldn’t think that would be a deal breaker, but we’ll see.


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