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Commissioner Gary Bettman expresses doubt about NHL's participation in 2018 Olympics

Commissioner Gary Bettman expresses doubt about NHL's participation in 2018 Olympics

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman on Monday expressed strong doubt that the league will send players to the 2018 Olympics because of the International Olympic Committee’s refusal to pay transportation and insurance costs for players to participate in the Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

The league has halted its season to allow players to represent their homelands at the past five Olympics. The IOC paid $14 million toward travel, insurance and accommodations for the 2014 Sochi Games and the International Ice Hockey Federation paid $18 million.

Speaking to reporters before Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, Bettman said that to continue negotiations with the IOC and IIHF on...

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