IOC expresses regret over NHL's Olympic no-show

The NHL announced on Monday that no Olympic break will be built into the 2017-18 NHL regular season schedule, which means NHL players will be with their respective squads and unavailable for Olympic competition, according to ESPN.

"I didn't change my mind and I won't", Ovechkin said prior to Tuesday's Capitals-Maple Leafs game in Toronto.

"The players are extraordinarily disappointed and adamantly disagree with the NHL's short-sighted decision to not continue our participation in the Olympics".

"This is the only league in the world that is asked to shut down for 2 1/2 weeks at a key time in their schedule to supply players for free to drive somebody else's business", he said.

Unlike the Olympics, the World Cup is put on by the National Hockey League and the players' association, who share the revenue.

"They crushed a dream", Anton Stralman, the Tampa Bay Lightning defenceman, told reporters in Boston. "I thought they were going to make a deal", Frolik said prior to Tuesday's game against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center. "Whoever made that decision obviously had no idea about what they're doing". "You never know. I've heard matters being closed before on numerous occasions and be re-opened".

US teammate Hannah Brandt said she could understand why fans might be unhappy about the NHL's decision.

Several players, including Montreal goaltender Carey Price and Ottawa defenceman Erik Karlsson, condemned the NHL's decision. He was lucky enough to play for Canada in 2014, with a more prominent role likely waiting for him in 2018.

"We're going to play games in Sweden, we're going to play games in China". "Of course we're interested in growing global, but three weeks every four years isn't what's going to make it. We'll see where it ends up". We will see if it actually happens now that they say we're not going.

"The IOC policy can not be there to give more money, finances, to a commercially orientated owner of a club in a national league", Bach added, admitting that he had anticipated the NHL's decision. What would that rule look like and how would teammates react if the likes of Ovechkin and Kuznetsov bolted is another matter.

The move means defending champion Canada could be scrambling to find players from outside the National Hockey League ranks. "If we would've done that I'm sure they still would've tried getting some more out of it".

One team, the Montreal Canadiens, said it hadn't considered how it might react just yet. "We're very, very proud of our hockey community in Canada and not being able to represent your country is very disappointing".

"I actually think there will be some more Ovechkins in this world who want to use the Olympic stage to show their skills", Lichtner said. Obviously, the players like it because very few of them actually go, and they get 17 days off. "Greatest event you'll ever go to in your life".

All the moments were magical in their own way - people lined up at 4 a.m.to watch the Sochi gold medal game at bars on TV - and they became a huge part of Canadian hockey lore.

That is the sentiment that many fans and players alike have. While the International Olympic Committee is trying to hold National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman hostage here, he's got a good card with the Beijing Games because Bettman is trying hard to expand the NHL's footprint into China. But unless something changes, when the puck drops at the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, the world's best hockey players won't be playing. It remains hard to see the league ultimately spurning that opportunity, though what changes the equation is still a mystery.

  • Julie Sanders