IIHF, NHLPA still try­ing to bro­ker Olympic deal: Fasel

Cape Breton Post - - Sports -

PARIS - In­ter­na­tional Ice Hockey Fed­er­a­tion pres­i­dent Rene Fasel is not giving up on the idea of NHL play­ers par­tic­i­pat­ing in the 2018 Win­ter Olympics in South Korea.

“I’m a very pos­i­tive per­son so I never give up,” Fasel told a news con­fer­ence Tues­day at the world hockey cham­pi­onship. “There is still some space, still some time where maybe we can con­vince (NHL com­mis­sioner) Gary Bettman.”

Bettman said last month that he con­sid­ers the mat­ter “of­fi­cially closed” af­ter ne­go­ti­a­tions stalled be­tween the NHL, the play­ers’ as­so­ci­a­tion and the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee.

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