as declared in There was nothing new on the Olympics front for the NHL, Commissioner Gary Bettman said in his state-of-the-league address Saturday at Staples Center.
Whether the NHL will participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, has been a looming question and Bettman addressed it in his opening remarks and said the league’s Board of Governors “spent 10 seconds” on it in that morning’s meeting.
Without a decision on its participation, the league cannot announce the site for the 2018 All-Star game were it to forgo its Olympic involvement.
Bettman liked the buzz that helped Los Angeles secure this weekend’s All-Star festivities, the first such weekend at Staples Center since 2002.
The NHL benefited from the exposure of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics but has the same concerns about travel, money compensation and the consequences of shutting down its season for two weeks that it did for the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
as mentioned in LOS ANGELES – The NHL expressed its most dire outlook for Olympic participation yet at its All-Star Weekend, as a decision on the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang draws closer.
If NHL participation is coming at the cost of Hockey development, Bettman doesn’t agree with it.
The NHL’s decision on Olympic participation is impacting a great number of things.
I think that the realities of Olympic participation are more apparent to our Board now,” said Daly.
While the NHL isn’t thrilled with how it was done, the International Ice Hockey Federation has “found the money” to cover those costs.
Jonathan Toews, Connor McDavid want the NHL to attend the 2018 Winter Olympics
as mentioned in McDavid on South Korea in 2018: “100 percent, #NHL players should be there.
I think the NHL should be in the Olympics.”And Toews isn’t the only player speaking out.
“I think the players do want to go, but I think it should be of interest to the players and the league.
The looming specter of the NHL’s participation in the 2018 Winter Olympics loomed over the All-Star break, and now a few more players are expressing their eagerness to attend despite their owners’ wishes.
But it sure seems like a situation where everyone (the IOC, the NHL’s owners, and the players) ends up happy isn’t likely.
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