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The IIHF And IOC On The NHL Not Participating In the Olympics

from IIHF.com,

The National Hockey League will not participate in the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, it was announced by the league.

“The IIHF is deeply disappointed to hear of Commissioner Bettman's decision not to have National Hockey League players take part in the 2018 Olympic Winter Games,” said IIHF President René Fasel.

“While we respect the NHL’s reasons for not taking part, there is no hiding the fact that this is a decision that robs ice hockey fans of the world's greatest best-on-best international ice hockey competition, and our sport of a truly global platform that has been in place since 1998. At the end of the day, ice hockey loses here.”

Following the IOC's decision not to cover costs such as insurance and travel for the NHL players, the IIHF worked to find a common ground that would have encouraged the NHL to continue to be a part of the Olympics.

In light of the NHL’s refusal to participate in the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, the IIHF will discuss with the participating teams the best way forward and move on with preparations for PyeongChang 2018.

“We have to remember that some of the greatest Olympic moments didn’t involve NHL players at all,” said Fasel. “We will move forward and continue preparations for PyeongChang. We still have the task to promote and build our game in Asia, and we will work hard towards this.” 

continue which also includes this statement from the IOC...

“This must be a huge disappointment for the players who definitely wanted to play at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018. The IOC feels very sorry for the athletes.

“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.

“The IOC, which distributes 90 per cent of its revenue for the development of sport in the world, obviously cannot treat a national commercial league better than not-for-profit International Sports Federations which are developing sport globally.

“The ice hockey tournament at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 will nonetheless be a very exciting one, because the players from all the other professional ice hockey leagues will participate, and will be very much welcomed by their Olympic teams.”

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Steeb's avatar

As has been pointed out, IOC is only a little better than FIFA,. They’re awful human beings.

But let’s be clear, the NHL is not going to Pyongyang because precisely 31 humans don’t want it to happen. The other 7 billion of us want a best-on-best tournament.

I’m good with amateurs in the Olympics. But it’ll be the KHL v Swedish HL, v Swiss A League v American and Canadian amateurs. That will be fun to watch. In fact, I bet the NHL could learn something.

Posted by Steeb on 04/04/17 at 01:49 PM ET

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