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Bill Daly on Olympic meeting: 'There remains work to be done'

By Adam Gretz | Hockey writer

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It's not yet known whether or not NHL players will participate in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia, but the NHL had a meeting with officials from the International Olympic Committee and the International Ice Hockey Federation on Friday.

“We had a good working session and were able to discuss all of the issues involved in the possibility of having NHL Players participate in the 2014 Sochi Games," said NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly in a statement released by the league.

"The parties are committed to continuing to work through the process, but there remains work to be done on all sides.”

NHL officials visited Sochi last month where discussions also took place.

ESPN's Pierre LeBrun reported on Wednesday that the sides would like to have an agreement in place by May and that the remaining issues include travel, insurance and hospitality for players' and owners' families.

The NHL has sent its players to the Olympics since the 1998 games in Nagano, Japan, with Canada (twice), the Czech Republic and Sweden winning gold medals. The United States has won silver twice (2002 and 2010).

It requires the league to shut down for two weeks every four years, but it's hard to imagine the sides not being able to come to an agreement that would allow them to participate.

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