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July 19, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
The NHL and its players announced Friday that they have struck an agreement allowing the players to participate in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The men's hockey competition, won in 2010 by Canada on a goal by Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby against the U.S., is scheduled for Feb. 12-23. It will be the fifth consecutive Winter Games with NHL players participating. The Olympics will leave the NHL dark Feb. 9-26. “The NHL features the most international player population in professional sports, and our outstanding athletes take tremendous pride in representing their homelands on the global stage,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a prepared statement.
April 18, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein
There's good news for the hockey world: The number of concussions has decreased in recent years among National Hockey League players. But with the good comes the bad: The number of days players have lost because of recurring concussions has gone up. Researchers examined data on 559 concussions suffered by NHL players from 1997 through 2004, with an average of 80 concussions per year, or 1.8 concussions per 1,000 player hours. With no concussion grading scale or rules for return to play, it was up to team doctors to handle the concussions based on their own judgment.
September 10, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
Montreal defenseman Josh Gorges, who asserted that the NHL owners are treating a lockout as a "preferred option," said Monday that the players' union believes such a move would violate Canadian labor laws. To that end, there are legal maneuvers going on in two Canadian provinces, Quebec and Alberta. Last week, the National Hockey League Players Assn.  submitted a challenge at the Alberta Labor Relations Board in an attempt to prevent a lockout of the Calgary Flames and the Edmonton Oilers.
October 19, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman, Los Angeles Times
Two days of cautious optimism on the NHL labor front came to a screeching halt Thursday when the league summarily dismissed a trio of counteroffers made by the players' association during a negotiating session in Toronto that broke off after little more than an hour. "It's clear we're not even speaking the same language in terms of what they came back to us with," said NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, speaking to reporters in Toronto. Bettman had spearheaded the latest round of negotiations Tuesday by offering the players a new proposal revolving around a 50-50 split of league revenue that the league said was designed to salvage the full 82-game regular season.
January 16, 2012 | Helene Elliott
While the NHL and NHL Players Assn. squabble over last season's hockey-related revenue and future realignment, Rene Fasel watches from afar and hopes their disagreements won't spill over to include NHL players' participation in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Fasel, president of the Switzerland-based International Ice Hockey Federation and a member of the International Olympic Committee's executive board, avidly supports NHL players' competing in the Winter Games. He helped negotiate the deal that allowed NHL stars to represent their homelands for the first time at Nagano, Japan, in 1998, making it a marquee event there and in Salt Lake City; Turin, Italy; and Vancouver, Canada.
February 11, 2013 | Helene Elliott
The countdown to the Sochi Olympics slipped beneath the one-year mark last week with a huge question looming: Will NHL players participate in Russia's first-ever Winter Games? The answer should be clearer after executives of the NHL, NHL Players' Assn. and International Ice Hockey Federation meet in New York on Thursday and Friday to discuss what would be the fifth Olympic tournament involving the world's best players. IIHF President Rene Fasel told "Hockey Night in Canada" he'd like an agreement to be in place by May. "I think there is a majority from owners and players that really want to come," he said.
May 18, 1998 | From Associated Press
Despite the room-trashing in Japan by some Team USA players, participation by the NHL at the next Winter Games would be welcomed by the International Olympic President Juan Antonio Samaranch. "Too much has been made of the American players in Nagano," Samaranch said Sunday at Zurich, Switzerland, the site of the World Ice Hockey Championships. "These were young players, things happen. "We cannot approve of it, but you cannot condemn them to death.
October 18, 2012
A day after jolting stalled labor talks and steering public sentiment toward its side by making an offer that would preserve a full season, the NHL scored another coup Wednesday by releasing the complete text of its proposal. But the terms won little favor among locked-out players, who are expected to present a counterproposal when the sides meet Thursday in Toronto. "Simply put, the owners' new proposal, while not quite as Draconian as their previous proposals, still represents enormous reductions in player salaries and individual contracting rights," Donald Fehr, the NHLPA's executive director, told players in a letter obtained by Canada's TSN. "As you will see, at the 5% industry growth rate the owners predict, the salary reduction over six years exceeds $1.6 billion.
March 28, 1991
The Associated Press reported erroneously Tuesday that NHL players would not be used in selecting the 1992 U.S. Olympic hockey team. In fact, Olympic hockey Coach Dave Peterson said he would make use of any NHL players available but that he did not expect many to meet that criterion because of conflicts with their professional teams' season schedule.
May 10, 2000 | From Associated Press
NHL players will participate in the 2002 Olympics at Salt Lake City, giving the league a chance to atone for the embarrassment caused by the U.S. team at the 1998 Nagano Games. The decision came Tuesday after an agreement between the International Ice Hockey Federation and the NHL. "The Salt Lake City Games will be played with the best players in the world," IIHF President Rene Fasel said. The agreement still requires approval by the IIHF Congress and the NHL Board of Governors.
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