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NHL will return to Winter Olympics

For a result that everyone involved wanted, the haggling took more time than the World War I armistice. But the NHL, the International Ice Hockey Federation and the NHL Players’ Association finally came to terms Friday on an agreement that will feature the league’s stars at Olympus next year for the fifth consecutive time.

“The decision to participate in the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi was in many ways a difficult one, but one that we know will be well received by our players and, most importantly, by the vast majority of our fans and sports fans everywhere,” said commissioner Gary Bettman after the NHL agreed to interrupt its season for 17 days next February to allow more than 120 of its players to compete for 12 countries.

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