NHL close to Winter Olympic participation decision

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The deputy commissioner for the National Hockey League, Bill Daly, has revealed that a decision on participation for the 2018 Winter Olympics in imminent.

Daly admitted that meetings to discuss the pros and cons of the decision are over and more will be held after the Sochi Games to make a final call.

"I do not anticipate it will take that long and we will have a broader discussion with the players' association on international competition and what we are doing internationally," Daly told reporters at Bolshoy Ice Dome.

"That discussion is underway so I would anticipate a quick resolution in respect to the Olympics, maybe six months."

Daly admitted that there are "a lot of negatives" that come with sending players away mid-season to the Olympics but did give praise for the nature of the world-class competition.

Whispers had started that a World Cup format could return, which could be a serious source of income for the league but a number of players have insisted that they want to continue competing in the Games.

"I would love another chance, I'll tell you that," Team Canada forward John Tavares said to reporters.

"The Olympic Games is obviously a pinnacle of sports and it represents a lot. Certainly there are some tough challenges with it, being involved with the PA as much as I have I know this wasn't an easy process. But we feel as players it's important and we love to play, we love to represent our countries."

An agreement for participation in Sochi between the NHL, NHLPA, IIHF and IOC wasn't reached until last summer and further issues are expected for PyeongChang in 2018.


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