NHL Says No to PyeongChang Olympics — BREAKING

04 Avril, 2017, 01:57 | Auteur: Ruben Ruiz

Henrik Lundqvist has made known his displeasure with the NHL's decision to not participate in the 2018 Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.

The league has released a statement saying it "considers the matter officially closed". Both ideas were rejected, leading the NHL to consider "the matter officially closed".

The NHL Players' Association didn't immediately respond to the league's announcement.

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The NHL claims a survey found that in the United States, 73 percent said they were not in favor of the break.

According to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman, the Olympic negotiations soured when the NHL asked the Players' Association to guarantee it would not opt out of the current CBA to participate.

Last week, however, the NHL showed it was prepared to enter the Chinese marketplace with or without the IOC, announcing the league would stage games next season in Beijing and Shanghai.

Little had changed by early winter. The league did not address this issue in its release, but league officials expect players to fulfill their contractual commitments to play with their respective clubs.

Ted Leonsis' generosity and deference towards his players will likely be a rare exception rather than the norm. Instead, the IOC has now expressed the position that the NHL's participation in Beijing in 2022 is conditioned on our participation in South Korea in 2018. Players turned that down.

"So hopefully we'll still be able to conclude an agreement to go to the Olympics", executive director Donald Fehr said at the time.

An ESPN source says teams are not allowed to address whether individual players are going at this time.

The NHL will not go to the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Chalk up another win for the NHL owners, and another loss for the players. "But most of all, disappointing for all the players that can't be part of the most special adventure in sports". There's a massive sense of pride that comes with that.

Connor McDavid said "100 per cent" that NHL players should go. Swedish center Nickolas Backstrom, also from the Capitals, has similarly been granted permission to play by Leonsis.

NHL participation in the Olympics had appeared in danger after the IOC said it would no longer cover the cost of players insurance and transportation as it had done in previous Olympics. I think the players do want to go, but I think it should be of interest to the players and the league.

The NHL, NHLPA, IOC and International Ice Hockey Federation all gathered for a hopeful meeting in early February, but by early March, Bettman said there was again nothing new to report. Personally, those numbers are shocking, especially because of the significant increases to USA Hockey membership since the 2010 Winter Olympics.

But some players may decide to play in the Olympics anyway.

The Stanley Cup is only two months away from being awarded; can anyone else hear the boo's for Gary Bettman yet? They know that we believe very strongly that players ought to have an opportunity to play.

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