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NHL Players Can Play in 2014 Olympics

Alex Livesey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The NHL and its players reached a deal with the International Ice Hockey Federation Friday to allow the NHL players to compete in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.

Allowing the players to compete means the NHL season will be on break from Feb. 9-26.

"Our outstanding athletes take tremendous pride in representing their homelands on the global stage," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said in a joint announcement with the players' association. "The decision to participate in the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi was in many ways a difficult one, but one that we know will be well received by our players and, most importantly, by the vast majority of our fans and sports fans everywhere."

The NHL has sent players to the Olympics since 1998.

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