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NHL says it won't discuss 2018 Winter Olympics

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The NHL's participation in future Olympics is up for debate, and is a hot topic in Sochi.

SOCHI, Russia (AP) NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says the league's possible participation in the 2018 Olympics hasn't been and won't be discussed during the Sochi Games.

Bettman was joined at a news conference Tuesday by NHL Players' Association Executive Director Don Fehr and International Ice Hockey Federation President Rene Fasel.

The league and the union have allowed their players to play in the Olympics since 1998, creating an elite hockey tournament that has become one of the most popular events at the Olympics.

The 2018 Winter Games will be in Pyeongchang, South Korea.