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Afternoon Line- Bill Daly

"It's all tied into a broader conversation we need to have with the Players' Association on the international calendar."I've talked in recent days about our ongoing discussions with the Players' Association on a variety of collective bargaining matters. One of them has been the international calendar and kind of developing one, particularly now that we have some runway with at least three years, and hopefully when we get to the end of this process potentially longer, maybe six or seven years, to build out an international calendar. And World Cup would be part of that conversation."

"I'll say, because I think I need to say, from the NHL owners' perspective, Olympic participation is not seen as something that's either essential or even useful to our business. It's highly disruptive to our season, puts our players in jeopardy of injury with no financial benefit to the NHL or the clubs," he said. "So it's not something that in a neutral environment is anything we would elect to do. Having said that, we also understand how important it is to our players. We've heard it loud and clear that if the conditions are right, they would like to participate, and we certainly respect their view in that regard. So I'm not ruling it out. But I think it's part of a broader discussions not only with the Players' Association, but with the [International Olympic Committee] as well."

-Bill Daly, Deputy Commissioner of the NHL.  Adam Kimelman of NHL.com has more.

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igrover's avatar

So allow the players to play in the Olympics but hold the games here in North America.  And give the owners a small financial piece of the gate.  Win Win for everyone.

Posted by igrover on 10/04/19 at 08:45 PM ET

igrover's avatar

Seriously - it makes sense.  Get the TV guys to pay a huge amount to telecast the games, and give a kickback to the IOC to keep them happy.  Sell a bunch of swag (I got your Sweden Olympic Team t-shirt right here) and rotate the games among the soon to be 32 NHL rinks in North America.  No crazy travel time for the athletes, no crazy game times based upon 12 hour time zone differences.  As it is some of the current Olympic events are held quite a few miles away from the host city so who cares if the games are in North America?

Posted by igrover on 10/04/19 at 09:02 PM ET

Steeb's avatar

TL;DR: Sending NHL players to the Olympics disrupts our season and carries the additional risk of injury. So we’re going to have a World Cup in the middle of our season. And we know the players want to go to the Olympics and we’ve heard their wishes. But no.

Posted by Steeb on 10/05/19 at 12:23 AM ET

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