National Hockey League players won't take part in 2018 Olympics

"A huge opportunity to market the game at the biggest stage is wasted".

"So, I don't know, somebody is going to tell me they don't go, I don't care, I just go". "We now consider the matter officially closed". In the aftermath of the NHL's decision, USA Hockey and other national federations insisted they have a Plan B " but it's not clear how to proceed.

"They crushed a dream", Tampa Bay Lightning defenceman Anton Stralman told reporters in Boston. The NHL has been murky about what it actually needs to sway the minds of resisting owners, but many players seem to believe the NHL is bluffing and remained hopeful things could change. The NHL allegedly made its choice Monday.

Brian Boyle #11 of the Tampa Bay Lightning battles for a face off with Henrik Zetterberg #40 of the Detroit Red Wings during the second period of Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Joe Louis Arena on April 17, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. FILE - In this February 18, 2010, file photo, Rene Fasel, International Ice Hockey Federation President, right, and Gary Bettman, National Hockey League Commissioner, are seen during a press conference at the Vancouver 2010. But other teams, like the US and Sweden, will be in the same boat as Canada, scrambling for players to replace the likes of Patrick Kane and Erik Karlsson. You can say whatever but in the next-year's-schedule is not out there yet ... "It's from the heart for Russian people. We'll see though, maybe they'll let us go".

The NHL said they had become frustrated with months of inaction and "no meaningful dialog". "But I know some guys have been vocal about going regardless".

One team, the Montreal Canadiens, said it hadn't considered how it might react just yet. In 1992 in Albertville, France, Joe Juneau was the star along with junior-age Eric Lindros while the goalie was Sean Burke, a likely candidate to be general manager of a 2018 non-NHL team. No Connor McDavid or Auston Matthews hurts viewership. "I think it's disappointing for fans, definitely". Justin Faulk is just plain angry that the National Hockey League pulled the plug on the Olympics.

"I've been twice", the Leafs head coach said. "Greatest event you'll ever go to in your life".

For many it was the patriotic opportunity on the grandest global stage that was too alluring to pass up. Others like Nicklas Backstrom, who was forced to sit out Sweden's appearance in the gold-medal game in 2014 because of a suspension, savoured the unique chance to mingle with greats from other sports in the Olympic village. However, sending players to the Olympics does not make owners money, either.

"Instead, the International Olympic Committee has now expressed the position that the NHL's participation in Beijing in 2022 is conditioned on our participation in South Korea in 2018".

In an earlier statement, the IOC said: "The decision is even more regrettable, as the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) had offered the same conditions to the NHL as at previous Olympic Games, where the insurance and travel costs were covered". It remains hard to see the league ultimately spurning that opportunity, though what changes the equation is still a mystery.

"For some reason for me I feel like it's going to happen", American winger and Sochi shootout star T.J. Oshie said. It's unclear what would a potential rule would look like and whether teams would really enforce it for their superstar players.

  • Julie Sanders