Wednesday, February 26, 2014
NHL Players Still Not Guaranteed To Lace Up In 2018 Olmpics
NHL players play a huge part of hockey in the winter Olympics. Of Canada's gold metal winning team this year, all players were from the NHL. Of team Sweden's silver winning team, all players but one were from the NHL. And USA's entire roster was also made up entirely of NHL players. So without NHL players participating, who knows who may have won the gold. That is what may happen in 2018. Because of injuries and fatigue, NHL players may not participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. The reason players get so tired is because when the Olympics end, players will have to travel from South Korea back to North America and play a game within 2 or 3 days. A perfect example of an injury would be the New York Islander's star center, John Tavares, who suffered a torn MCL at the Olympics, and will be out for the remainder of the season. He is currently leading the Islanders in points, he is the captain of the Islanders, and is one of the most skilled players in the league. And with the New York Islanders competing for a playoff position, this injury could potentially ruin their season. It is for reasons such as this that the NHLPA may decide to not allow NHL players to go to the 2018 Olympics.
My Reaction: I think that it is a very tough decision to make. The Olympics are a very important event, and the best players in the world are supposed to compete there. However, the NHL and teams in the NHL can't afford to loose players like John Tavares. I think that the players will end up going to South Korea in 2018 though. I believe that because like I said before, the best players in the world are supposed to compete in the Olympics, and that would not be the case if NHL players did not participate.
Posted by Dustin Nichols
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