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Official wants NHL players in Olympics

The Associated PressBUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — International Ice Hockey Federation President Rene Fasel placed the emphasis on NHL players to persuade the league to compete at the 2022 Beijing Winter Games.

NHL Players’ Association chief Don Fehr responded by saying it’s a little more complicated than that.

Though Fehr believes it’s in the league’s best interest to compete at the 2022 Olympics, he said Thursday he’s not ready to commit to re-opening bargaining talks next year in a bid to have that happen.

Fehr also put the onus back on Fasel by noting the IIHF will have to budge on its position of refusing paying for transportation and players’ insurance costs for 2022.

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