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NHL PROS IN OLYMPICS MAY BE A BIT "PREMATURE"
Published March 31, 1995
Reports that NHL players are sure to play in the '98 Winter Games in Nagano appear to be a bit "premature," according to today's TORONTO SUN. Recently, IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, NHLPA Exec Dir Bob Goodenow and IIHF President Rene Fasel met in Switzerland to discuss the possibility of a hockey "Dream Team." The latest reports from Europe, however, "indicate there's no unanimity among the group" and that several major issues have to be settled before the plan is given the "go-ahead." Goodenow: "We have some hockey issues to solve. That includes the impact on the players who might play and those who might not. Moreover, we have to go over some business issues" (George Gross, TORONTO SUN, 3/31). NHL IN ZURICH? There is speculation overseas that the NHL will open its European headquarters in Zurich "in the near future to take merchandising and licensing programs in-house." Former FIFA press chief Guido Tognoni would be the Managing Dir of the office (TORONTO SUN, 3/31).