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Russian hockey head wants NHL at 2014 Sochi Games

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — The head of Russia's pro hockey league says the NHL would be making a serious mistake by not participating in the Sochi Games in 2014.

Alex Medvedev said Thursday the popularity of men's hockey at the Vancouver Games shows that having the world's top players compete is the best way to support the sport globally.

The NHL has yet to commit to the 2014 Games. Medvedev has met three times in Vancouver with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.

Bettman is concerned about shutting down the NHL season during the Olympics. He also has doubts about an Olympics in which the hockey would be played at a time when many North American fans would be asleep.