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IIHF wants Olympic decision by April 30

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The NHL may be nearing a deadline to decide whether to allow the world's best hockey players to participate in the Winter Olympics next year in South Korea.

"I hope we can find a compromise in the next two or three weeks," International Ice Hockey Federation President Rene Fasel told The Associated Press on Thursday in a telephone interview from Russia. "We need to know by the end of April if they're coming, or not."

Fasel said leaders of national teams, including those in Canada and Russia, have recently told him they need to know next month if it is time for them to assemble their Plan B rosters. The IIHF is the game's international governing body and runs hockey tournaments, including those at the Olympics.

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