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          USOC Exec Dir Dick Schultz said that he believes he
     knows which "two or three" players on the U.S. men's hockey
     team were responsible for the room vandalism in Nagano, and
     if the players don't come forward, he said the USOC's "only
     option" would be to sanction the entire team, according to
     Nicholas Cotsonika of the WASHINGTON POST.  Schultz said
     that he would give the players "a week to come forward
     before any action is taken."  Schultz: "You know, it's not
     that big a deal if somebody would just come forward and say,
     'Hey, we did it' and apologize."  Schultz added that "how
     severe the punishment will be -- and how far-reaching --
     will depend on whether the players come forward and how
     soon" (WASHINGTON POST, 3/9).  Late last week, USA Hockey
     Exec Dir David Ogrean sent letters to the players, citing
     the "gravity of the situation and the impact on USA Hockey,"
     which is dependent on income from membership dues and
     corporate sponsors.  He said he has received more than 500
     "negative messages" on the vandalism incident.  One league
     source: "If they won't cooperate, then let them all pay the
     price" (Brooks & Berman, N.Y. POST, 3/7).
          RESPONSE: The Islanders' Bryan Berard: "[W]e're going
     to go down as a team.  That's the way we want it" (N.Y.
     DAILY NEWS, 3/7).  Capitals and Team USA coach Ron Wilson:
     "I think it's gotten to the point where no one is going to
     step forward" (WASHINGTON POST, 3/8).  The Blackhawks' Chris
     Chelios: "We got blamed for everything else; let them figure
     it out" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 3/8).  But in N.Y., Larry Brooks
     wrote that, despite some threats, the punishment "must fit
     the crime," and a guilty player should face community
     service and donations to a youth hockey organization (N.Y.
     POST, 3/8).  In Denver, Terry Frei wrote guilty parties
     should just "step forward, say they're embarrassed and sorry
     -- and ask where they should send the checks" (DENVER POST,
     3/8).  In Boston, Kevin Paul Dupont: "'Fess up and be done
     with it.  In six months, no one will remember your names"
     (BOSTON GLOBE, 3/8).  In Dallas, Cathy Harasta wrote the
     incident "will not go away by itself.  The innocent must
     act" (MORNING NEWS, 3/7).  In N.Y., Frank Brown wrote
     someone from the USOC, NHL, NHLPA or USA Hockey "better get
     fired once this gets fixed" as the organizations "are
     accountable for allowing this to snowball" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS,
     3/8).  In Toronto, Steve Simmons wrote that "more than one
     high level" NHL exec is "convinced" that NHLPA Exec Dir Bob
     Goodenow is behind the "cover-up" and "intent in protecting"
     his union members (TORONTO SUN, 3/8).  In Calgary, Jim
     Taylor wonders, "Who's in charge here, Inspector Clouseau? 
     This isn't exactly the pursuit of Carlos" (SUN, 3/8).

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