Published: Sat, April 08, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Ice hockey world body still works for Olympic deal with NHL

Ice hockey world body still works for Olympic deal with NHL

Alex Ovechkin threatened outright disobedience. The NHL has been murky about what it actually needs to sway the minds of resisting owners, but many players seem to believe the NHL is bluffing and remained hopeful things could change. The decision centers on NHL fears over player injuries and financial concerns, and means that the league will not take an Olympic break during the 2017-2018 season.

"[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.

That includes Ovechkin, the Washington Capitals star who said Tuesday that "I'm pretty sure everything is going to be fine".

"The decision is even more regrettable, as the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) had offered the same conditions to the NHL as at previous Olympic Games, where the insurance and travel costs were covered". "If somebody's gonna tell me not to go, I don't care - I'll just go". "It might become a little bit more attention on us".

"I think it's a great opportunity to grow the game in Asia".

"I think the whole world's following that, obviously", US captain Meghan Duggan said Monday night. So I wouldn't be surprised.

In what can only be described as a greedy, short-sighted decision, the National Hockey League now puts itself in a sticky situation. 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.

The Americans defending world women's champions, also took notice at the NHL's controversial decision. But asked if he would play anyway, he said bluntly, "I'm in no position to make a statement like that".

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"We have no say in the matter and it's very unfortunate for the game of hockey around the world". "It's in the heart always for Russian people".

To that end, National Hockey League deputy commissioner Bill Daly admitted last month he would be "surprised if we allowed it to be club-by-club issue at this point". Forsberg would have been a lock to play for Sweden in Pyeongchang. Fehr said Tuesday that it was "way, way, way premature" for such talk, adding that players would be well represented if it came to that. Matt Duchene said Sidney Crosby's golden goal against the United States in the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver was one of his biggest moments as a hockey fan.

Price expressed disappointment that perhaps the brightest set of young stars the league has seen would be denied a chance to experience the Olympics. USA Hockey executive director Dave Ogrean called the country's player pool "as deep as it has ever been", and executive Jim Johannson - who could be tasked with putting the team together - said the US will "have 25 great stories on the ice in South Korea and will go to the Olympics with medal expectations". "Obviously, right now, it's definitely a step in the wrong direction, but hopefully, something will change and we can still go".

"I've been twice", the Leafs head coach said. Donald Fehr, the NHLPA's executive director, has said the union considers the matter "an individual club decision".

For many it was the patriotic opportunity on the grandest global stage that was too alluring to pass up.

IOC president Thomas Bach addresses a press conference ahead of the Olympic Games closing ceremony in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on August 20, 2016.

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