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UPDATE: Noelle Pikus-Pace’s brother and his children found in Idaho

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UPDATE (5:29 p.m.): Pikus-Pace says her brother and his children were found by search and rescue teams.

“They just found them!!! I don’t know the details yet, but they are all safe!  They found a road and someone found them!,” Pikus-Pace said via text message.

 

PREVIOUSLY: Noelle Pikus-Pace‘s brother, Jared Pikus, and three of his children went missing while camping in Idaho over the weekend, and search and rescue crews were looking for them Sunday morning, Pikus-Pace said in a text message.

Pikus and his children were last seen by other campers Saturday in a non-easily hikeable area, according to NBC News.

“They have search and rescue teams from different counties in Idaho searching but still haven’t found any sign of them,” said Pikus-Pace, the Sochi Olympic skeleton silver medalist. “They found his campsite and SUV. They aren’t allowing the public to search only search and rescue members. They said the terrain is pretty rough in the area. He went fishing with the kids at one of the “Gospel” lakes but they didn’t take a boat. They have life jackets and usually fish from the lake side.

“My husband, kids and I just spent a few days with them and were making our way home (stopping along the way). We were in Burley, about 6 hours south of their home and are now driving up there.”

Pikus-Pace has also posted updates on her social media accounts.

USA Hockey to start reaching out to potential replacement players

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USA Hockey will begin reaching out to “alternate players” to determine their interest in playing for the U.S. at the women’s world championship next week amid a potential boycott by its national team.

The contact is taking place in the event a resolution cannot be reached between USA Hockey and the women’s national team in a wage dispute.

“It’s important for everyone to understand clearly that our objective is to have the players we named as the U.S. women’s national team be the ones that compete in the world championship,” said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey, in a statement. “Productive conversations have taken place this week and are ongoing in our collective efforts to reach a resolution.”

The alternate players are in the professional NWHL and college, according to USA Today.

The world championship tournament starts March 31 in Plymouth, Mich.

As of Thursday evening, no resolution has come between USA Hockey and its women’s national team. Neither side has said when its next scheduled meeting will take place.

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NHL asked for decision on Olympics by end of April

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International Ice Hockey Federation President Rene Fasel tells The Associated Press he needs to know by the end of April whether NHL players will be cleared to play in the South Korea Olympics next year.

NHL team owners have made it clear they don’t want to stop their season again for the Winter Games and put their stars at risk of injury. The reluctance has come up before and yet the NHL has participated in the Olympics since 1998. This time, however, there seems to be an impasse.

The head of the NHL Players Association, Donald Fehr, says the players want to participate and hopes the league will take advantage of the chance to market the game in Asia.

However, NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly says without “material change to the current status quo, NHL players will not be participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics.”

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