The NHL has decided not to release players for the Olympic games 2018 in Pyeongchang. The League refused to make the calendar for next season, with a pause on the Game. It is noted that it is “the last word NHL”. We will remind that the championship players participated in the last five Olympics since 1998.
The international ice hockey Federation (IIHF) was ready to take on the costs of transportation and insurance payment are NHL players to participate in the Olympics 2018. However, the League insisted to become a full partner of the IOC and to the appropriate authority.
“Earlier we were given to understand that despite the fact that the vast majority of clubs were opposed to the break in the calendar in the season of 2017-18 for the participation of NHL players in the Olympics, we were open to suggestions of all parties involved (including the IOC, the IIHF, the NHLPA, etc.), and the Board of Directors was willing to reconsider their views on the issue.
It took many months, and this dialogue never happened. On the contrary, the international Olympic Committee said that the participation of NHL players in the Olympics 2022 in Beijing depends on the reason for the Games in 2018 in Pyeongchang. And the players ‘ Union has officially confirmed that he was not interested in any negotiations that will make participation in the competition more attractive for clubs. As a result, and to end all speculation on this topic, we confirm that in the calendar of the season 2017-18 will not be provided a break at the winter Olympic games. On this matter officially closed,” – said in a statement.