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NHL step closer to Sochi 2014 deal

National Hockey League (NHL) players are a step closer to participating in the 2014 Sochi winter Olympics, as a final meeting between ice hockey associations and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is reportedly due to take place on Monday.

The IOC has been negotiating terms for the players to attend the Games since January as NHL franchise owners are looking for some form of compensation for the mid-league disruption. The league’s players association is also reportedly in negotiations with the IOC regarding travel and hospitality.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman reportedly told NHL.com that the league, IOC, the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) and the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) will meet on Monday in New York to finalise an agreement.

It was also reported that Bettman has the approval from the league’s board of governors to make a deal.