NEW YORK -- National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman said that a five-plus hour meeting Monday regarding potential participation in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia was constructive, but there is still work to be done before an agreement can be completed to send NHL players to a fifth straight Olympics.
"Soon, very soon," Commissioner Bettman said when asked for a timeline to complete the agreement.
Commissioner Bettman and NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly met with representatives from the National Hockey League Players' Association and the International Ice Hockey Federation at the League's office. NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr and IIHF President Rene Fasel flanked Commissioner Bettman when he spoke to the media following the meeting.
"There are still some I's to dot and T's to cross," Commissioner Bettman said. "Rene has to report back to the IOC [International Olympic Committee], Don has a meeting with his executive board beginning next week. So while we're on track and things are moving along, I think it's fair to say we're not quite ready to announce it's done."