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Fetisov: No NHLers at Sochi 2014

19:22 11.01.2013 (Last updated 19:44 11.01.2013)

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  • Slava Fetisov (in the center), Sergey Nemchinov (left), Alex Kovalev (right)

  © RIA Novosti. Vladimir Rodionov

MOSCOW, January 11 (R-Sport) - The NHL is likely to stop its players competing in the 2014 Winter Olympics, leading to a tournament without hockey’s biggest stars, Stanley Cup winner and double gold medalist Slava Fetisov told R-Sport on Friday.

After a four-month lockout hit players’ and owners’ earnings, Fetisov believes stopping the NHL for the Sochi Olympics next February would be an expense too far.

“When half a season is lost, everyone lost money. Stopping the championship for another two weeks, I don’t know,” he said.

“We’ll hope they take smart decisions on this topic, but I strongly doubt it.”

NHL players have competed in every Olympics since 1998, but the issue is one of the few to remain unresolved after a new collective bargaining agreement was drawn up Sunday.

An Olympics without NHL players could strongly favor host team Russia, which could draw on the deep talent pool of the Russia-based KHL, widely held up as the world’s second-strongest league.

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