NHL withhold next season's fixture schedule

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The schedule of fixtures for the 2013-14 NHL season will not be released until a deal has been worked out for players to play at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

An agreement will have to be reached between the NHL, the National Hockey League Players’ Association, the International Olympic Committee and the International Ice Hockey Federation before the schedule is revealed for the new season, which begins in October.

The Winter Olympics will take place between February 7 and 23 next year, and the agreement will depend on whether the NHL is happy to take a two-week break for the duration of the Games.

"There has been no final agreement on the terms of Olympic participation at this point," NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly told NHL.com.

"And unless, or until, there is, the release of the 2013-14 regular-season schedule would be premature. Having said that, we hope that a final resolution on both matters can be achieved in the very near future."

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