The NHL has officially announced it will not be participating in the 2018 Olympics.
In a release on the league’s Twitter page, the league said the majority of clubs are opposed to disrupting the 2017-18 NHL season for the purpose of the games.
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“[In] an effort to create clarity among conflicting reports and erroneous speculation, this will confirm our intention to proceed with finalizing our 2017-18 regular season schedule without any break to accommodate the Olympic Winter Games,” the statement read. “We now consider the matter officially closed.”
The NHL will not participate in the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. https://t.co/ruEmG5FfJe
— NHL (@NHL) April 3, 2017
This ends a five-year run of seeing NHL superstars compete for their country.
Statement from the NHL on participation in the 2018 Olympics:
We have previously made clear that, while the overwhelming majority of our clubs are adamantly opposed to disrupting the 2017-18 NHL season for purposes of accommodating Olympic participation by some NHL players, we were open to hearing from any of the other parties who might have an interest in the issue (eg., the IOC, the IIHF, the NHLPA) as to reasons the Board of Governors might be interested in re-evaluating their strongly held views on the subject.
A number of months have now passed and no meaningful dialogue has materialized. 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. And the NHLPA has now publicly confimred that it has no interest or intention of engaging in any discussion that might make Olympic participation more attractive to the clubs.
As a result, and in an effort to create clarity among conflicting reports and erroneous speculation, this will confirm our intention to proceed with finalizing our 2017-18 regular season schedule without any break to accommodate the Olympic Winter Games. We now consider the matter officially closed.