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NHL PLAYERS IN '98 WINTER GAMES O.K WITH GOODENOW?
Published January 31, 1995
In Toronto, Alan Adams writes that International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) President Rene Fasel "admits his error" by not receiving "the blessing" of NHLPA Dir Bob Goodenow before negotiating a contract between the IIHF and the NHL, providing NHL participation in the '98 Winter Games. Fasel: "I thought if I signed an agreement with the NHL, it was quite clear, but we forgot how strong the NHLPA is. That was a mistake but I accept it." Fasel met with Goodenow this past weekend and will continue discussions at the joint NHL-IIHF working committee meeting tomorrow in Naples, FL (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 1/31). PENSIONS: A court approved increased monthly payments to former NHL players already receiving pension checks, as part of the "complex legal process" to distribute millions in "misappropriated league pension funds." Players will receive a 60% increase of an approximate final sum yet to be "legally finalized" (Mary Ormsby, TORONTO STAR, 1/31). CORRECTION: A report from Canada's FINANCIAL POST carried in THE SPORTS BUSINESS DAILY last week incorrectly reported the NHL's expenditures on its "Game On" media campaign. The league says that it is spending around $1 million on the "Game On" campaign.