The looming specter of the NHL¡¯s participation in the 2018 Winter Olympics loomed over the All-Star break, and now a few more players are expressing their eagerness to attend despite their owners¡¯ wishes.
Gary Bettman repeatedly told the media over the weekend that the NHL is still intent on not making any concessions to the International Olympic Committee, who they believe should fund most of the travel expenses for players.
Game Womens Marcus Williams Jersey At the real heart of the issue, however, is the owners¡¯ unwillingness to pause the 2017-18 season for two weeks, suspending business while players play in South Korea under inconsistent TV coverage.
Bettman spelled that out during an interview with Sportnet¡¯s Ron MacLean.
MacLean: ¡°So you think [Olympic participation] hasn¡¯t meant a lot, then? You think you haven¡¯t gotten the bang for your buck?¡±
Bettman: ¡°It¡¯s not a question [of that] … You know, when we were in Vancouver, or Salt Lake City, it¡¯s a whole different Olympics. Particularly in terms of how it¡¯s viewed and followed in North America. And the logistics are a lot easier in terms of travel and wear-and-tear. When you¡¯re halfway around the world, the whole dynamic is completely different, including the coverage that the Games themselves get.¡±
¡°I think the players do want to go, but I think it should be of interest to the players and the league. I think the NHL should be in the Olympics.¡±
Game Womens T.Y. Hilton Jersey And Toews isn¡¯t the only player speaking out. Maple Leafs winger and American James van Riemsdyk followed suit …