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Many NHL players to play in Europe during lockout

Updated: September 22, 2004, 5:44 PM ET
Associated Press

TORONTO -- European hockey has taken on an NHL look.

With an NHL lockout in place, more than 150 players have signed to play in European leagues, including Markus Naslund with Modo (Sweden), Jaromir Jagr with Kladno (Czech Republic) and Ilya Kovalchuk with AK Bars Kazan (Russia).

Most of the players have lockout clauses that allow them to return to the NHL if and when the labor impasse ends. For now, European teams are taking advantage.

Besides Naslund of the Vancouver ...

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