The puck has yet to drop on this year’s men’s Winter Olympic Hockey schedule, and already Owners, and commentators are making their thoughts known. TheScore.com has posted remarks from Darren Dreger. In those remarks he says “the NHL “will not” participate in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.”
Dreger’s comments come shortly after Philadelphia Flyers Owner Ed Snider made his feelings known on the games. I’m assuming that Dreger, and Snider are not alone on this one. The Olympics are a drain on the NHL, and teams. In a time when the league is struggling to stay relevant within in common sports circles. The Olympics are a nightmare. Here’s a little more from TheScore.com
…Ed Snider and many owners around the league: they weren’t in support of the NHL participating in the Olympic Games in Sochi. And the NHL will not participate in Korea.
The NHL needs to walk these waters very carefully. There is more than one professional hockey league in the world. and for some NHL players playing in the Olympics is at the top of their lists. One player that has already made his feelings know is Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin. In past reports Ovechkin has said “try and stop me” when asked about playing for Russia in the future.
I’m sure that the KHL is hoping and praying that NHL owners find away to keep their players out of the 2018 Winter Olympics. If some owners get their way players like Ovechkin could end up playing in the KHL. 2018 could be the beginning of the end of Russian player skating on NHL ice.
I’ve never been a fan of NHL players taking part in the Winter Olympics, but if it means holding on to some of the NHL’s stars it could be worth it right?