IOC: NHL decision on Olympics regrettable


The NHL's displeasure is understandable, especially if the International Olympic Committee had covered the expenses of participating NHL players previously.

The NHLPA said in a statement that players are "extraordinarily disappointed and adamantly disagree with the NHL's shortsighted decision".

Like other Canadian hockey fans, the women wonder which men will be their Olympic teammates next year. "[It's] not only for the players that are presently at the top of the game that want to play at the Olympics and represent their countries next year in South Korea, but it's obviously about the future, as well", Toews said on Tuesday. "I haven't really looked at myself".

"I guess it's not over until the Olympics start and we're not there", Callahan. "Can't say anyone should be surprised at this point".

"We appreciate their statements and are ready to render suppot, including in legal matters, as we did for other players", he said. "They just want to some big story about it". The league said the Olympics were too disruptive to its schedule, and that it couldn't come to terms with officials. In the most recent Winter Olympics, New York Islanders star center John Tavares missed the remainder of the 2013-2014 season after tearing ligaments in his left knee.

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So at least the league has one player on their side.

While Hockey Canada hasn't said exactly how it will ice a team without NHL involvement, Canada's sport minister remains confident the country can still be competitive. "But, anyway, we are ready to render all support to them". It's not about the long-term goals of our game and growing it and the bigger picture.

"That being said, there are great hockey players all over the world".

The NHL announced on Monday that no Olympic break will be built into the 2017-18 NHL regular season schedule, which means NHL players will be with their respective squads and unavailable for Olympic competition, according to ESPN.

Detroit Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg had a chance to be selected for his fifth Olympics, a rare feat. "Let alone winning, so you know that was a moment I'll always cherish making that team". "I really don't have an opinion on it, but it's a tough time of the year. That doesn't happen very often to get that chance".

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"I think it's disappointing for everyone".

Rinne missed the 2014 Games in Sochi because of a hip injury, or he nearly certainly would have played for Finland as a backup to Tuukka Rask. Colorado's Gabriel Landeskog talked about how his high school shut down during Sweden's Olympic games in 2006, with the entire school watching the game in the cafeteria.

"It's a hard situation to be in, there's no doubt", Crosby told the Post-Gazette.

The world hockey body's secretary general, Horst Lichtner, was briefing Winter Games federations on Tuesday in a previously scheduled meeting at an Olympic sports conference in Aarhus, Denmark. I am a true patriot and want the U.S.A to win everything but I want to see Bob happy as well.

While it remains unclear whether many National Hockey League players could indeed compete in the Olympics, some club owners, including Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis, have said they would support players who want to represent their country.

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The NHL ownership class ultimately made the decision. And they are not holding back their criticism of the decision.