NEW YORK (AP) - Prospects for NHL players taking part in the 2006 Olympics are dwindling because of the ongoing lockout, commissioner Gary Bettman said Friday.
''If we don't have a deal by the time we have to schedule, I assume it would be difficult to have Olympic participation,'' he said during the Associated Press Sports Editors annual meeting with league commissioners.
''Time is working against the Olympics,'' he said. NHL players played in the Olympics in the 1998 and 2002 Games. The Turin Games will be held Feb. 10-26.