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OLYMPIC AGREEMENT CALLED "HOCKEY'S FINEST HOUR"
Published October 3, 1995
The NHL's agreement to suspend its season and allow its players to play in the '98 Olympics in Nagano is called "one of the greatest days in the history of hockey" by Al Strachan in this morning's TORONTO SUN. Strachan writes the combination of labor peace, Olympic involvement, harmony with the European federations and a World Cup will help the sport "finally claim the position on the world's sporting stage that it so long deserved." Strachan: "For hockey fans, the next few years should be a veritable bonanza with world-class tournaments every two years." Strachan predicts the Olympic deal will lead to European teams in the NHL, as "the concept has the potential to be an economic bonanza." More good economic news -- Strachan adds the NHL sees Nagano "as leverage" to get at least $200M out of U.S. TV networks for involvement in the 2002 Games (TORONTO SUN, 10/3). In Philadelphia, Gary Miles writes, "The NBA has one 'Dream Team.' The NHL will have six" (PHILA. INQUIRER, 10/3).