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NHL players will not participate in 2018 Olympics (Mod Post #99)


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#141 softshoes

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Posted 02 March 2014 - 03:43 PM

I know it will kill my interest in Olympic hockey if I don't know any of the names.

 

It's the name on the front that matters.

 

Ahh I kid, I agree and can't say I look forward to watching the Red Army play a US amateur team again. Herb Brooks won't be around this time.


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Posted 03 March 2014 - 07:32 AM

 

It's the name on the front that matters.

 

Ahh I kid, I agree and can't say I look forward to watching the Red Army play a US amateur team again. Herb Brooks won't be around this time.

No doubt.

 

People use the argument that it was more uplifting to watch those kids beat the world power in hockey than it is to watch NHL players to defend the removal of the NHL players.  They say that the playing field is too even with pros involved.

 

I disagree.  It might be that way for the US, but there's always Latvia (or Norway or Slovenia or...) to come along and be the underdog.  Even in the NHL teams aren't evenly-matched.  There's always the Cinderella story to add the "human interest" element to the games.



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Posted 03 March 2014 - 07:39 AM

If NHL players don't play in the olympics it will be just like the world cup each year, boring hockey and uninteresting and the winner can't even claim to be the best since the best 500players in the world aren't playing.


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Posted 03 March 2014 - 10:24 AM

If NHL players don't play in the olympics it will be just like the world cup each year, boring hockey and uninteresting and the winner can't even claim to be the best since the best 500players in the world aren't playing.


You mean the World Championships.

The still unannounced World Cup would be NHL sanctioned, probably mandatory (like the ASG), and would probably replace the World Championships on years it occurs. We'll see if they can pull it together.

#145 frankgrimes

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Posted 03 March 2014 - 01:17 PM

You mean the World Championships.

The still unannounced World Cup would be NHL sanctioned, probably mandatory (like the ASG), and would probably replace the World Championships on years it occurs. We'll see if they can pull it together.

 

The NHLPA would have thanks god something to say about that. Making a pre tournament event mandatory in the summer ? Good luck with that what if the newly signed top UFA is getting hurt ? Finland, Russia, Switzerland and Sweden would still sent a pro team the only ones losing are the US And Canada and nobody can honestly tell me, Hockey Canada would accept getting destroyed after back  to back golds.

 

Also I think by the time the next olympics are happening we are going to see a hockeyguy running the show, so yes the players will go :)


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