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NHL, PLAYERS CONTINUE TO DISCUSS NAGANO, DEADLINE APPROACHES
Published September 21, 1995
The chances of NHL players participating in the '98 Nagano Games "improved this week," as the NHL and NHLPA are engaged in "high level talks," according to this morning's GLOBE & MAIL. Optimism also comes from an official of the Int'l Ice Hockey Federation. IIHF VP Rickard Fagerlund said, to his knowledge, the NHL has agreed to shut down for 16 days in '98 to accommodate the Olympics. The NHLPA wants players to have four days between arrival in Japan and their first day of competition, as well as a recovery period after the Games (Alan Adams, Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 9/21). USA Hockey President Walter Bush echoed the IIHF's optimism. Bush: "I think it will happen. I think everyone realizes it's a win-win-win situation." A proposal for NHL participation must be presented at the IIHF meetings next week in Budapest (USA TODAY, 9/21).