SKorea still hoping to see NHL players in Olympics
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 04, 2017,
Apr 04, 2017, 14:49
The prospect of seeing Connor McDavid and Sidney Crosby play for the same Olympic team was appealing. The league decided otherwise.
While the National Hockey League insisted that it considered the matter "officially closed", the National Hockey League has been working on two separate 2017-18 schedules for months - one that includes the 2018 Games and one that doesn't.
"Players are extraordinarily disappointed and adamantly disagree with the NHL's shortsighted decision", the NHL Players Association (NHLPA) said in a statement.
If the NHL's stance doesn't change, PyeongChang 2018 will be the first Winter Games without the world's best hockey players in 20 years.
It didn't take long for the NHL Players Association to respond to the league's decision against 2018 Olympic participation, and that response was as strong as it was swift.
What the NHL was looking for was to receive the same type of treatment as the International Olympic Committee gives to many of its top sponsors, one that would allow a marketing deal in which the league could use live videos of Olympics past to promote the upcoming Games instead of just still photos.
When there was little progress to report on that front, the league wanted to close the matter before the playoffs, which begin April 13.
"The league's efforts to blame others for its decision is as unfortunate as the decision itself", the NHLPA said.
"They're missing an opportunity to showcase their players and their marquee players", Eruzione said.
The NHL's exit ends an Olympics tradition going back to 1988.
The NHL added that she did not like to see President of the International Hockey Federation, René Fasel, say that if the players did not go to Pyeongchang, they also had to put a cross on the Beijing Games in 2022.
For years now, many team sports in the Olympics have featured professional players.
The statement said the majority of owners were "adamantly opposed" to having players leave the country to compete.
"I'm not sure. You still have some responsibilities to your club, right?" "I think it's too bad", Lindros said. Messages seeking comment from the NHLPA and IIHF were not immediately returned. For now, the league is making its 2017-18 schedule without a break for the Olympics. Only the International Olympic Committee reportedly refused. And the NHLPA has now publicly confirmed that it has no interest or intention of engaging in any discussion that might make Olympic participation more attractive to the clubs.. "Everybody wants to go there".
While the future of players competing in 2022 remains unknown, the National Hockey League have chose to make the decision earlier than they had to, in a bid to finalise next season's schedule as early as possible. "I think people want to see the best players in the Olympics, but it's hard to really - it's a business decision", Brandt said.
He seems to have the blessing of Capitals owner Ted Leonsis. "I might get fined, I might get punished in some way, but I feel I'm in partnership with Nick and Braden and Alex". "Not only from the US and Canada, but Sweden, Finland, Russia, all the other countries".
The NHL said they had become frustrated with months of inaction and "no meaningful dialogue".
The decision will impact nearly every major hockey-playing nation with the Swedish, Finnish, Russian, United States and Canadian teams nearly entirely comprised of NHL representatives.
NHL players won't be going to the 2018 Olympics in South Korea and hockey fans aren't happy.
Players turned that down. Justin Faulk, who was somewhat bizarrely not selected for the United States World Cup team, likely would have participated, and Noah Hanifin, who played on the USA's World Championship team at the 2016 tournament, would have been in consideration as well.
"All I can tell you is if we're going to hear the same thing I don't think it's going to move the ball", Daly said.