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DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES? NHL STARS TO SKATE IN '98 GAMES
Published October 2, 1995
The NHL and NHLPA announced Friday that they had reached agreement on their participation in the '98 Winter Games in Nagano, Japan. The NHL, NHLPA and the IIHF will conduct a joint news conference this afternoon to discuss the agreement (NHL/NHLPA). To participate in the Games, the league will shut down its season for 16 days during February '98, with the regular season staying at 82 games. A second "major aspect" of the deal is a regular world tournament, beginning next fall, to replace the Canada Cup. The tournament, featuring NHL players from the six major hockey-playing nations, will be held in North American cities and will take place every four years between winter Olympic years (Joe Lapointe, N.Y. TIMES, 9/30). In Boston, Nancy Marrapese notes Boston that "even better" than the approval of NHL players' Olympic participation is the fact that the league's CBA will be current until 2000. It was open to renegotiation after '97-98 (BOSTON GLOBE, 10/1). NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman: "It is something we (NHL and NHLPA) concluded made sense in the text of growing and building the sport" (TORONTO SUN, 9/30). WHO'S UP, WHO'S DOWN: In Toronto, Gare Joyce outlines the winners and losers with the move by the NHL. "Winners" include the IOC, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, NHLPA Dir Bob Goodenow, CBC and CBS. "Losers" include Fox and David Hill; and Wayne Gretzky, Paul Coffey, Ray Bourque and other "high-mileage" stars (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 10/2).