BOBBY CLARKE TO FIGHT NHLPA OVER OLYMPIC DATE SELECTIONS?
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).