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Czech hockey federartion ratifies transfer agreement

Updated: September 22, 2005, 2:05 PM ET
Associated Press

PRAGUE, Czech Republic -- The Czech hockey federation ratified a two-year agreement Thursday on transfers between the NHL and European teams.

Finland, Germany, Slovakia, Sweden and Switzerland also have agreed while Russia has refused.

The deal regulates financial compensation and a limit on the number of players that can leave Europe annually. It also imposes a transfer deadline and assures participation of NHL players at the 2006 Turin Olympics.

The agreement ...

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