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USA Hockey Statement On NHL Olympic Decision

Dave Ogrean, Executive Director, USA Hockey

“We knew it was a very real possibility for many months and certainly respect the decision of the NHL. The good news is that because of our grassroots efforts over the course of many years, our player pool is as deep as it has ever been and we fully expect to field a team that will play for a medal.”

Jim Johannson, Assistant Executive Director of Hockey Operations, USA Hockey
 
“We respect the NHL’s decision and will examine our player pool options and plan accordingly. In the end, we’ll have 25 great stories on the ice in South Korea and will go to the Olympics with medal expectations.”

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Hockeytown Wax's avatar

Unfortunately, we can’t blame this on Bettman ... it was an owners vote that decided this.

From a players perspective, you know they want to go and represent their country in the best amateur contest in the world.

From a promotion perspective, what better place is there to show the world your players are best ??

Between the IOC making player accommodations, travel, and insurance a hassle and the owners not wanting to lose a player to injury, everything went to hell.

I always thought NHL players in the olympics should have been limited, much like in the AHL you’re limited to how many over 30 players you can have on the roster.

Olympic teams should have been limited to 3 forwards, 2 defencemen and 1 goalie from the NHL from the very beginning, but now we get none.

Yeah, it sucks, but this will give more draft eligible kids exposure they wouldn’t have gotten previously.

If it weren’t for the olympics, Mats Zuccarello would have never been drafted.

Posted by Hockeytown Wax from West Bloomfield, Mi. on 04/03/17 at 06:31 PM ET

Steeb's avatar

It will be interesting to see how it plays out with the KHL All Stars, Swedish Elite League All Stars, Swiss A League All Stars, etc and amateurs from Canada and the US. I’m sure this decision precludes AHL players, but how about lower tiers like ECHL?

Posted by Steeb on 04/03/17 at 06:52 PM ET

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Is it good for the the game to see the U.S. and Canada squads get beat easily in the Olympics and for the storyline to be that the NHL wasn’t willing to let their player’s play? That is what could happen.

The IOC is a corrupt money grubbing group but the NHL owner aren’t much better. They can claim all they want that Olympic participation does nothing for the game but a LOT more eyeballs watch Olympic hockey than Stanley Cup finals. When the U.S. does well there is always a boost in amateur interest in the game. I was 14 when the Miracle on Ice occurred. I know my interest in the game skyrocketed from there.

Posted by evileye on 04/04/17 at 10:27 AM ET

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