No 2018 Winter Olympics For NHL Players

Initially reported by Elliotte Friedman, the NHL’s tweeted comment this afternoon confirms that the League’s players will not participate in the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

21 thoughts on “No 2018 Winter Olympics For NHL Players

  1. I have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand I like seeing the NHL players in the Olympics because they’re the best players in the world and I like seeing great hockey. On the other hand I would hate for an injury to happen in a game the players do not have an obligation to play in which could hurt the NHL team he plays for.

  2. Good. I never liked the idea of professional players being involved in the Olympics. My fondest memory in all of sports is when the Americans beat the Russians in 1980.

  3. 1961, agreed. Loved the era of amateur Olympics.
    But my biggest argument against NHL players in the Olympics is the timing. Players have their mid-late season rhythm in full swing. Playoff races are heating up. Conference rivalries intensify. Then 800 of the 900 NHL players go home for 2 weeks while the 100 highest paid players go off to the Olympics. Then the NHL crams 8 weeks of games into 6 weeks.

    Sports writers argue to shorten the season for Olympic years. But why should the owners, who pay the Olympians hundreds of millions of dollars give up revenue?

    At least the WC of H is before the season starts

  4. I have no problem with this. The IOC is one of the most corrupt organizations out there. The league gains nothing by sending players over there. They have to stop their season and assume the risk, Olympic hockey doesnt really do much for me. Mainly because USA hockey routinely makes head scratching decisions. Its supposed to be amateurs…except when it comes to big money sports, so the hypocrisy is evident right there. Thats part of the reason why what the 1980 team did was so special. They were true amateurs playing against a team that was amateur in name only.

  5. Very disappointed from a personal level-but not as much as the stars-some who won’t get to be in another as it will be in 5 years. (and the young stars will miss out on something they feel is their right)
    The rank and file will be pissed as well as they lose out in a long break-this will become a bargaining chip for the future.
    The World Cup doesn’t cut it.

  6. will be interesting to see what outliers like ovy do and how their teams and the league reacts: he is on record saying he will play for russia regardless of what the nhl does.

    I would love to see GB and BD try to take ovy over their knees to spank him:

    my money would bet on ovy!

    LOL

  7. Caps owner Leonsis has been on record of saying that he won’t stop Ovi from going. Now, we’ll see if he owns up to those words. And if he let’s a Backstrom or a Carlson go if they express that same desire.

  8. 1. Ovy is contractually obligated to the Caps. He really has no right to DEMAND anything other than his obligations. Asking for an (unpaid) leave of absence is one thing. Disregarding the NHL, his employer and his teammates is another…….Glad he is not a Blackhawk

    Is Ovy saying that Russia needs his NHL abilities to win. He would look foolish if he were the only to “break” the rule and Russia wins, thats a huge asterisks.

  9. He is obligated to the Caps. But when the guy that writes the checks…whom Ovi has made quite a bit of money for says it’s ok. I don’t know why someone has to be so upset.

    I’d leave it up to the owners on an individual basis but not shut down the league. Isn’t that kinda how it works for everybody else?

  10. While we all enjoyed watching pro players play Olympic hockey as fans of the sport, we cringed knowing players on our team might get hurt badly and ruin the NHL season chances. Amateurs will do just fine, and we will see some good hockey either way. I have no problem with the NHL decision.

  11. While I grew up with the idealism of amateur against amateur and appreciated it-the world has changed–we want best on best–best high jumper in the world, fastest human etc. (kind of funny calling the Bolt’s of the world amateurs). Money and ratings drive this machine and not many will watch Joe Smoh, and Valerie Idontknowhimanov as opposed to Sid Crosby and Malkin.
    At the end of the day I will sleep well either way but things have changed and the flip flopping, and hand-picking is bad–and they will be back in 2022 .

  12. I agree Noonan the Olympics is hardly amateur sport anymore. A large majority of the participants are professionals now and have been disguised as amateurs in the past. Does a country like Germany really need 3 Bobsled teams so they can win Gold, Silver and Bronze.

  13. Wouldn’t be surprised if it’s just using the media to negotiate. Might be a final decision but may be more announcements yet.

  14. Whether you like the decision or not probably depends on where you live. Canadians would be disappointed because team Canada would certainly win the gold with centers like Crosby, Toews, McDavid and Bergeron. Imagine a fourth liner facing one of those guys every shift. Add defence like Keith, Doughty and Weber, put Price in net (or Holtby, or Crawford ) and game over. USA, not so much.

  15. Re: PUCKLOGIC comments. I see where you are coming from, but each country takes pride in their national teams. The whole world knows Canada will always skate a top quality side, and are always odds on favorites to ALWAYS win international tournaments when it is the best against the best. We just finished up with the (imo) senseless World Cup of hockey that screwed up the start of NHL season btw. Canada did just fine and they can rest on that for awhile. No one would doubt the dominance of top Canadian hockey talent. Sure, USA, Sweden, Russia are very good potentially as well. At any given time good teams lose and underdogs win.

    Is anyone posting here not going to watch Olympic hockey if NHL players don’t skate? I think most of us just like watching good hockey games.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  16. I am overjoyed that non-NHL players will have the Olympic dream. New players interest me more than re-arranging the existing ones.

  17. I would take fewer medals for the USA if we only used amateur athletes. Because the medals would be that much more enjoyable to wit.

    I remember as a kid, our college athletes playing basketball, baseball, boxing, golf, swimming etc. The pride of seeing these kids win medals against “amateur” athletes that were 30 and 35 years old. Do you get the same feeling today? I don’t think so. And was there ever a better win than the miracle on ice?? No.

  18. As much as its cool for the pros and best of the best to be in Olympics I like the juniors and college guys in this. It is in a way more entertaining in an Olympic way 1980. Be a larger world juniors. Every team would have their younger top prospects in it, De cat. I only donot like it being during the 82 games, if it were before 82 games with a longer wk sch. not condensed sch. then I would the pros in it. I love that our guys are classy about stuff even when its wrong and to see other guys in league flip out and lose their shit tells you what kind of character have. Proud of our guys being mentally high end not just skilled high end.

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