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IIHF focused on relations with NHL ahead of summit

Ice hockey's governing body has invited European national federations, leagues and clubs to talks about reviving a continental competition, and their relations with the NHL.

Fasel says co-operation with NHL, NHL players' union key part of Europen summit

IIHF president Rene Fasel, seen here with NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, Fasel says "key points" of the European summit will include co-operation with the NHL and the NHL players' union. (Jacques Boissinot/Canadian Press)

Ice hockey's governing body has invited European national federations, leagues and clubs to talks about reviving a continental competition, and their relations with the NHL.

The International Ice Hockey Federation says stakeholders will meet at a June 12-14 forum in Barcelona, Spain.

IIHF president Rene Fasel says "the focus will be on finding a format for a competitively and commercially viable top European club competition."

It would follow the Champions Hockey League which folded with financial problems after its debut 2008-09 season.

Fasel says "key points" will include co-operation with the NHL, the NHL players' union and the Canadian (Junior) Hockey League.