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Last Updated: Friday, 28 January, 2005, 05:51 GMT
NHL term on brink as talks falter
Hopes of salvaging the National Hockey League season looked to have vanished when last-ditch talks between owners and players ended without an agreement.

The two sides failed to find a solution to the pay dispute which has resulted in a 134-day lockout during a five hour meeting in New York on Thursday.

"We continue to have significant philosophical differences," said Ted Saskin, senior director of the NHLPA.

"No meetings are scheduled and we will not make further comment at this time."

The breakdown in discussions leaves the NHL on the brink of becoming the first North American professional sports league to miss an entire season.

The lockout has already forced the cancellation of 721 of the 1,230 regular-season games plus the All-Star game.

Meanwhile, International Ice Hockey Federation boss Rene Fasel has said that unless the labor dispute is settled by the end of this month, next year's Turin Olympics will not feature NHL players.

The Stanley Cup may also not be awarded for the first time since 1919 when a flu epidemic wiped the competition out.

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