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Olczyk Suggests Play Hockey In The Summer Olympics

from CBS Boston,

As for the future of NHL players participating in the Olympics, Olczyk had an interesting solution to the league’s opposition to shutting down for several weeks in the middle of the season.

“Maybe we’re getting to the point where you’ve got to get creative. Maybe you’ve got to say, ‘You know what? We’re going to have men’s ice hockey in the summer Olympics.’ You have it in August. Everybody wins there. Everybody wins. You don’t shut down the NHL, and you still allow the best hockey players in the world to come to a tournament like this.”

read on for Olczyk's opinion on the USA/Canada game...

The first alarm that goes of in my head is hockey would end up on the XYZ channel during the Summer Olympics.

If you have an opinion, let's hear it...

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wolverine's avatar

Yes, brilliant idea.  Let’s build 2 olympic ice rinks in Rio de Janeiro for 2016 that will never be used again.  Ice hockey at the summer olympics.  How refreshing.

Posted by wolverine on 02/21/14 at 07:07 PM ET

RockWestfall711's avatar

Summer is the best of many bad options.

And the World Cup should follow the Stanley Cup as Stanley would generate hype and momentum as a perfect set up.  Start NHL 2 weeks early in World Cup year.An autumn world cup would be crushed in US by football on TV.

Posted by RockWestfall711 from Las Vegas on 02/21/14 at 07:09 PM ET

Alzy's avatar

This is going further outside the box, but because one of the most glaring issues is what wolverine pointed out, a site building two hockey rinks that likely will never be used again, what if they just take the tournament and make it it’s own event? For example in summer olympic years (so 2016), the hockey tournament is held completely separate from the rest of the Summer Games, and is held in a country that is a logical place to hold a hockey tournament. They can have draws for the host city just like they do the Winter and Summer Games.

Or you know, just bring back the World Cup of Hockey.

Posted by Alzy from Cambridge, Ontario, Canada on 02/21/14 at 07:15 PM ET

UMFan's avatar

Sorry, but the NHL doesn’t lose much of any consequence in terms of participating in the Winter Olympics. The NHL still plays an entire season. Same amount of home/road games, though compressed a bit. Momentum is only good until the next game, so sorry but I don’t buy the momentum argument. Those fearing of injury, well if injury was of any importance to anybody, the world championships wouldn’t involve any NHL players whatsoever. The timing shouldn’t matter as missing summer workouts or games 1-30 due to injury should count as the same as missing games 60-playoffs. An injury is an injury. While we are at it, lets discontinue the WJC as many of those players are drafted and/or draft eligible and an injury in those tournaments could be just as devastating to both the team and even more so to player development. I don’t even want to hear about a World Cup in hockey. If the olympics are a bad idea, the World Cup is also a bad idea for the same reasons. Lets also cancel the World Baseball tournament, the World Cup in soccer, professional track athletes shouldn’t be involved in the olympics as there is a professional circuit. Basically any international competition that could possibly involve professional athletes should not include professionals. At all. Period. The money just outweighs the risk. Or is the problem with all of these international tournaments about who makes the money?

Posted by UMFan from Denver, Colorado on 02/21/14 at 07:37 PM ET


The summer Olympics is the place you are least likely to find subtle interference. BAM!!

Posted by SlimChance on 02/21/14 at 08:45 PM ET


This idea isn’t completely idiotic which is surprising coming from Olczyk.

Posted by wingsnut25 on 02/21/14 at 09:42 PM ET


Sorry, but the NHL doesn’t lose much of any consequence in terms of participating in the Winter Olympics.



A herniated disc somewhere in a Swedish guy’s spine.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 02/21/14 at 10:27 PM ET


so you’d rather have a roster full of groin injuries by playing in the summer than a flare up of back injury which happened what 8-10 years ago?

Posted by jkm2011 on 02/21/14 at 11:33 PM ET


A herniated disc somewhere in a Swedish guy’s spine.

This one game caused the problem and not all the crosschecks that Z’s back was subjected starting with the hit from Stuart in a series with Calgary years ago.

Posted by wings8 on 02/21/14 at 11:38 PM ET

silversailer's avatar

Yeah HD, it’s pretty obvious that Hank’s back would have gone out regardless of who he was playing for. Probably would have happened during the Wings next game. Maybe the travel or the bed he slept in over there might have contributed, but it sounds like he would have needed surgery eventually anyway.

Nice try though!!!

Posted by silversailer on 02/22/14 at 12:01 AM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

Tying it to the Olympic host country in the summer games adds needless stupidity and takes away from the games for the sole purpose of continuing to call it “Olympics.”

Just add a World Cup and give out Gold Medals.  Hell, just to be nice ask the IOC if you can’t do the event the summer before their next Winter Games and simply call those the Winter Olympic Ice Hockey Tournament. You crown a champion in the summer and then give out the medals after the opening ceremonies next February (or give them out early, I don’t care and I don’t think the athletes would either).  The added benefit is that the host city could re-use whatever hockey rink they have/build as the figure-skating rink without having to build extra facilities because the events wouldn’t be going on at the same time.

I mean, if we’re going to bend the Olympics so the NHL season isn’t disrupted, I like this one more than I like putting ice hockey in the summer games.

If the IOC doesn’t like the idea, then simply create the World Cup and get on with it independent of them.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 02/22/14 at 09:56 AM ET

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