The NHL today announced that it will not participate in the 2018 Olympic games in PyeongChang.
It didn’t come as a major surprise as many owners were opposed to creating a 17-day break in the schedule during February.
In a statement, the league said:
“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.”
“The NHL has participated in every Winter Olympics since 1998 with a total of 706 players attending, an average of 141 per season.”