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Bettman: Assume no Olympic participation

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman speaks at a news conference about the NHL's 100th anniversary in Ottawa, Friday, March 17, 2017. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP)

CHICAGO (AP) The International Olympic Committee and hockey's governing body will have to make concessions before the NHL sends the world's best players to the Winter Games in South Korea next year, commissioner Gary Bettman said on Friday.

"As things stand today, you should assume we're not going," he said.

Bettman made it clear at a breakfast with Chicago business leaders that league owners don't want to stop their season for three weeks again and put their stars at risk of injury without what they consider a tangible return. The reluctance is not new, but the NHL has participated in every Winter Olympics since 1998.

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