Canada PM wants NHL stars in Sochi

Prime Minister Stephen Harper is urging NHL Commissioner Gary

Bettman to let the league’s stars play in the Sochi Olympics.

Harper says he speaks for all Canadians who want to see the

country’s top players don the maple leaf at the Winter Games next

year. NHL players have been part of the Olympics since 1998 in

Nagano, Japan.

The league is mulling whether it is worth shutting down its

season for a few weeks to allow its players to take part.

The NHL, International Olympic Committee, International Ice

Hockey Federation and NHL Players’ Association met earlier this

year to discuss the matter.