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Rogge: Games benefit NHL

Updated: January 28, 2010, 3:52 PM ET
Associated Press

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Jacques Rogge says the NHL should realize that sending its players to the Olympics raises the league's exposure and increases its fan base.

"I think it's important for the Olympic Games to have the NHL," the president of the International Olympic Committee said Thursday said during a telephone conference call. "That goes without saying.

"But also I think it's important for the NHL to have their stars shine in the Olympic Games. If you look at the audience ...

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