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NHL CONSIDERS TWO WEEK SHUTDOWN TO FIELD DREAM TEAMS IN '98
Published June 29, 1995
NHL Board of Governors President Harvey Hotchkiss now says the league is considering shutting down for two weeks in order to field "Dream Teams" for the U.S., Canada and other countries, in the '98 Winter Games, according to Alan Adams of the CANADIAN PRESS. But Adams reports that players, who balked at earlier proposals to stop play for only 10 days, are also concerned about the effects of the time difference between North America and Japan and "the burnout factor." Adams writes, "Playing in the pressure-packed Olympics is like playing five game 7s of the Stanley Cup playoffs in seven nights." NHLPA President Mike Gartner said the union is also concerned about what players who do not participate in Nagano will do. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman: "In the final analysis, it will be up to the players to determine whether they want to go" (CP/Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 6/29).