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NHL, Hockey Canada begin "Olympic Dream Team' talks

NHL president Gil Stein and his Hockey Canada counterpart, Ron Robison, used the word "positive" to describe their meeting Thursday about NHL players representing their nations at the 1994 Winter Olympics.

The NHL is considering closing the league for three weeks to allow its players to compete in the Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway. Such a move would allow all-star teams to represent Canada, the United States and other countries.

Hockey Canada has the final say as to who will represent the country at the Olympics. Stein said the next move is for Robison to report to the Hockey Canada board.

"We expect to hear back from them soon," said Stein, adding NHL governors will meet in December, when he expects the league's brain trust to formally announce the NHL will allow its players to participate in the 1994 Winter Games.