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Czech rejection could jeopardize Olympics

Updated: August 3, 2005, 5:20 PM ET
Reuters

PRAGUE -- The Czech Republic's top ice hockey teams rejected on Wednesday a player transfer agreement between the NHL and the international federation, a move that jeopardizes NHL participation in the Olympic Games.

Under the new NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement, signed last month to end a 301-day player lockout by owners, the North American league would pay European teams for players based on a sliding scale.

In a vote on Wednesday, the Czech federation said, representatives from ...

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