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BOBBY CLARKE TO FIGHT NHLPA OVER OLYMPIC DATE SELECTIONS?
Published January 31, 1997
Flyers GM Bobby Clarke was named the GM of Canada's '98 Olympic hockey team, according to Steve Simmons in the TORONTO SUN. According to a contract signed by the NHL, NHLPA, and Int'l Ice Hockey Federation, Olympic hockey rosters are to be set by August 1. But Clarke finds the date "unacceptable," and is trying to have it pushed back to December 1. The NHLPA, however, "is prepared to go to war" with Clarke and "at least five other countries" over the agreement. The NHLPA says the August 1 date is required because of commitments to marketing, product licensing, TV, and to protect its players. The NHLPA is also "concerned" players chosen in December won't be able to make appropriate arrangements for family members to travel to Japan and attend the Games (TORONTO SUN, 1/31).