The return of NHL players to the Winter Olympics may possibly be closer than some have expected, according to a new report from Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman. The International Olympic Committee and the International Ice Hockey Federation have apparently made strong progress in talks with the league to meet particular demands that would bring NHL players back to the quadrennial competitors.

Among some of the wants that the NHL has asked for involves insurance coverage fees, travel expenses and capability to market on personal platforms, which address the previous concerns league executives had with Olympic participation.&nbsp

It’s important to note that the IOC and IIHF switching their position on this stuff is quite a departure from how factors were perceived to be just 24 hours ago. Per Friedman, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly had said he wanted to make Olympic participation element of CBA talks. Daly did get pushback from the NHLPA because the current CBA extends past 2022, the year of the subsequent Winter Olympics.

The 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea marked the first time in 20 years that NHL players were absent from the competition’s hockey slate. If all goes as planned, that absence will not extend to a second consecutive Olympic Games, and specialist NHL hockey players will be representing their country at the 2022 Olympics held in Beijing.