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Ice hockey world body still works for Olympic deal with NHL

April 28 2017, 02:01 | Irvin Gilbert

Ice hockey world body still works for Olympic deal with NHL

Buffalo Sabres forward Jack Eichel skates prior to the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Toronto Maple Leafs Monday

The U.S. women beat Finland on Monday night. But us players we want to go and represent our countries.

However, as many NHL team owners found no tangible interest in a three-week break, along with a mid-season injury risk, the league finally chose to say no to Winter Olympic Games, saying that "a number of months have now passed and no meaningful dialogue has materialized" in a statement.

"For some reason, for me, I still think it's going to happen", American T.J. Oshie told reporters. "They try to do some deals". I think that's easy to say. The game of hockey is not exclusively the NHL's domain; it belongs to the world and the NHL is successful because it is home to the vast majority of the world's best hockey players, and fans are willing to pay to watch them play.

Sending NHL players to the Olympics does not really cost owners money, as the league still plays the same amount of games.

The International Ice Hockey Federation stepped up to cover the expenses, but the NHL anxious that funding the Olympics would have meant cuts to grassroots programs and initiatives that help grow the sport.

Many players, including Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin, have expressed a strong desire to compete. "It was one of the best experiences of my life and catapulted my career to the next level and things have been going pretty well since then". "But I know everyone in Canada gets more up to watch Team Canada than even their favorite Canadian team for one of an 82-game schedule", Duchene said.

Sidney Crosby already has two Olympic gold medals in his trophy case, but it appears he might not get a chance to add a third. "Shorter summers, longer seasons, but that's OK".

Giordano echoed those words: "I heard the news and obviously it's kind of disappointing when you don't have the best players going, but we're just really focused right now on this little run we're on and playoffs for us".

"Growing up, watching Sweden in the Olympics and the men's hockey, our whole high school stood still", Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog said.

"A unique opportunity lies ahead with the 2018 and 2022 Olympics in Asia", the NHLPA said. Consider the previous Olympics he competed in.

Without the star power of names such as Crosby, McDavid, Matthews, Kopitar, Oshie and Eriksson, will the women's tournament get more of the spotlight in Pyeongchang? The group has been increasingly resistant to players attending a sixth consecutive Olympics, unconvinced of the big-picture impact of a Games in South Korea and unwilling to disrupt their season for it.

Germany qualified to participate in the upcoming Olympics, and some German players in the NHL are particularly disappointed in the league's decision.

When Leonsis said he would allow his stars to go to Olympics, he even said he'd take on whatever punishment the National Hockey League threw his way.

He also remains hopeful, however, that an National Hockey League deal can still be salvaged.

The biggest wild card might be to see how NBC reacts to it.

At least NBC will be able to showcase the best women's hockey players, something that was in doubt before the USA women ended a brief holdout last week in a bid to make enough money to live on.

"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". "Live hockey in prime time will be up against taped events from the Olympics".



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