Donald Fehr, Rene Fasel and Gary Bettman in Sochi.
Whereas hockey followers enjoy every minute of this Olympic hockey match in Sochi, it's hard to ignore the distinct possibility that that is the final time we see NHL players in the Olympics.
The NHL's participation in the Olympics is all the time a hotly contested difficulty, especially when the Video games aren't in North America as would be the case once more in 2018 when the Olympics head to South Korea. Flyers owner Ed Snider made his place identified and it was hardly favorable towards the Olympic Video games; the league and its teams get very little benefit if any.
It's why Gary Bettman and the NHL have been talking about a return of the World Cup of Hockey, which at this point appears sure to happen. That was reaffirmed when Bettman, NHLPA head Donald Fehr and IIHF President Rene Fasel spoke in Sochi.
Different news: Fehr indicated official World Cup announcement is coming in the not-too-distant future…— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) February 18, 2014
Most have assumed that this means the NHL would be achieved with the Olympics and the World Cup would be a replacement for a global best-on-finest match that right now solely the Olympics truly gives. Nevermind that it's nearly unimaginable to exchange the Olympics, it would be something that the NHL would have more say in and simply as importantly, it wouldn't overlap with the NHL season.
However one may not preclude the other. No choice has been made but on 2018 even when the World Cup is all however a go at this level, the Olympics aren't out of the question but. It does not seem seemingly but the sport isn't over.
Bettman mentioned a decision may very well come within the next half 12 months relating to 2018 but it surely won't be coming now. It hasn't been a dialog in Sochi. He also explained the continued considering.
"I do not need to get into what the professionals and cons are for participating," Bettman said. Everyone is aware of them, and so they've been debated ad nauseam. We are here because we predict it is great to be here at present at this event. What comes next we'll all have to figure out, as we've executed each of the other instances that the NHL players have participated."
Practically everyone who is not involved in workforce administration loves the NHL in the olympics. Heck, even Red Wings GM Ken Holland continues to be in favor of the NHL being in the Video games. And we all know how the gamers feel about it.
With the NHL in the Olympics, hockey has really turn out to be the game of the Winter Games. The question is that if that would be the case again in Pyongyang four years from now. We'll find out