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IIHF President Hopes NHL Will Take Break To Allow Players To Participate In Olympics
Published January 10, 2013
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SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO? RUSSIA TODAY reported New Jersey Devils player Ilya Kovalchuk "will entertain the Chelyabinsk crowd at this weekend's KHL All-Star game." The forward "has decided to stay in Russia at least until Sunday despite an unofficial end to the NHL lockout." Kovalchuk "was supposed to appear in the Russian Urals city of Chelyabinsk together with other prominent NHLers" including Zdeno Chara, Pavel Datsyuk, Evgeny Malkin and Alex Ovechkin. However, all of them "headed to North America for preseason training soon after Sunday's talks breakthrough between the NHL and the players' association." Meanwhile, Kovalchuk "is taking his time." He said, "Will I stay in Russia? We'll see. Time will tell. We shouldn't rule it out" (RT, 1/9).
Read more about the future of hockey in a Q&A with IIHF President René Fasel.