The FBI is investigating financial dealings between the NHL and the NHL Players Assn., according to Special Agent William McMullin, who confirmed that the probe was launched by the FBI's Boston office.

The Lawrence (Mass.) Eagle-Tribune reported in September the possibility of conflicts of interest--including actions taken by the NHLPA's outgoing executive director, Alan Eagleson.

McMullin said that federal subpoenas requesting league records and documents were being served on NHL president John Ziegler at the league office in New York, and that agents were serving federal subpoenas on owners of the 15 NHL clubs based in the United States.

The Eagle-Tribune said Friday that the subpoenas asked the owners to turn over club and players' association records dealing with insurance, pension funds and other union-related activities.

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