In a "victory" for the Canadian Hockey Association, the deadline for naming Canada's Olympic team has been extended by four months to December 1, according to Alan Adams of the TORONTO STAR. Canadian hockey officials had argued that an August 1 deadline was "unworkable" because the selections would be based on what NHL players accomplished this season rather than the early part of '97-98. Adams notes that another "sticking point" resolved was who would pick up the travel and accommodation costs of the approximately 120 guests of NHL players to Nagano. Previously, the costs were to be paid from anticipated "hockey card revenues," and if sales failed to cover the costs, the NHLPA, NHL and Int'l Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) were to "share the costs equally." Now the IIHF will be "responsible for any shortfall" (TORONTO STAR, 3/18).