The debate over whether N.H.L. players will participate in the 2014 Sochi Olympics will enter a critical stage with a series of meetings between league and Olympic officials in New York on Thursday and Friday.
N.H.L. Commissioner Gary Bettman will be present, as will Donald Fehr, executive director of the N.H.L. Players’ Association. Representing the Olympic side will be René Fasel, president of the International Ice Hockey Federation, and officials from the International Olympic Committee.
At issue is whether the N.H.L. will take a break of 16 days or more to allow its players to travel to Russia for the Olympic men’s ice hockey tournament, which will begin in 51 weeks.