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Participation must be included in CBA

Updated: April 27, 2004, 6:53 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

PRAGUE, Czech Republic -- The 2006 Winter Olympics will be played without NHL players if the league is shut down by January because of a labor dispute.

International Ice Hockey Federation president Rene Fasel said Sunday that NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has told his group that if the league is not playing, then its players will not be at the Turin Games.

"It's important for our national federations to know whether they are playing or not, especially for the U.S. and Canada," Fasel ...

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