The Head Of The IIHF Wants To Hold A Meeting With The NHL Leadership In Late August-Early September
Rene Fasel, President of the International ice hockey Federation (IIHF), hopes to be able to travel to Canada and meet with the leadership of the National Hockey League (NHL) in late August or early September.
The possibility of participating in the 2022 and 2026 Games is spelled out in a new collective agreement between the League and the players' Union if an agreement is reached between the NHL, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the IIHF. The decision to suspend the regular season and the participation of League players in the Olympics will be made by the club owners.
"This is good news, but nothing has been decided yet. We still have a lot of negotiations with the IOC and the organizing Committee Of the games in Beijing. We need to find an understanding of different people. We need to resolve a lot of issues, especially in terms of transfers, insurance, technical issues, and we will have to agree with the organizing Committee on the placement and number of tickets for the tournament matches," Fazel said. - My goal is to go to Canada as soon as possible to meet with the League's management. We should do this as soon as possible, the better, perhaps in late August or early September."
NHL players participated in the Olympics from 1998 to 2014. The League refused to suspend the season for the 2018 winter Games. The 2022 winter Olympics will be held from February 4 to 20 in Beijing. In 2026, the Olympics will be held in Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo from 6 to 22 February.