The NHL will not participate in 2018/2022 Winter Olympics
Guess I will be watching less if any at all of the 2018 Winter Olympics, and 2022 as well.
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On the Fan590 AM radio last night, they talkd about the IIHF which apparently has a clause where NHL players under contract cannot leave the league to play in another tournament/league (which the Olympics is, sort of) without explicit written permission. So, if Ovechkin leaves to play, he technically would have to "retire" from the NHL. But, Ovechkin is a hardline Russian patriot, he has a basic relationship with Putin so I wouldn't be surprise if Russia's national team would ignore the rules and let him play anyway. The Capitals owner already said he'd let Ovechkin go play but knowing the rules, the owner is just saying that to keep his star player happy.poleman wrote: ↑Apr 4th, 2017 9:36 pmThis really sucks. Ovechkin has said he will go, screw Bettman, and apparently a few other stars are considering it. I really hope there are at least a half dozen or more star players that go. What's Bettman going to do to elite players? Suspend them?
The little general has spoken and I hope no one listens.
As for the IOC being corrupt, yeah they are but the Olympics put on good hockey. Better than the average Saturday night NHL stuff.
Apr 8th, 2017 1:13 pm
But that's like the majority of athletes these days. A number of Canadian athletes are sponsored and endorsed by corporations year round. It's how they make a living.truckmania wrote: ↑Apr 8th, 2017 11:51 amI hope they don't go. It's time for the Olympics to get back to what it should be, amateur sport. Anyone who is paid a salary and does a sport as a full time job should not be allowed and that should go for all countries. Let's see some future stars out there.
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You mean Canadian NHL rejects playing in the European league or KHL? Basically, NHL calibre players that wasn't signed by a single NHL team... lolrabbit wrote: ↑Apr 9th, 2017 1:56 amEven if NHL players don't go, there will still be professionals going. It's not like the level of hockey jumps from amateurs straight to the NHL.
I would love to see them go, but I don't blame the NHL if they ultimately decide not to (I don't buy that their announcement is written in stone).
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