In latest NHL news, it has been decided that the NHL will not allow players to take part in the great spectacle the world calls the Olympics. It was decided based on the fact that it has no impact on NHL in terms of ratings, player safety, etc... The biggest things that made the NHL make there decision in not participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea where the fact that last Olympics a number of players had season ending injuries. Which obviously that is very bad for the NHL and team owners. So part of me understands why they see it as "unfit" to participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics. However the other part of me is baffled at why they don't want there players to consume the amazing atmosphere that happens when playing at the Olympics. They get to play for there country and be apart of something way bigger than themselves. It is an international stage for them to show there skills and battle for there homeland.
Some players have come out and said that they will be playing in the 2018 Olympics, no matter what. One player was Alexander Ovechkin, and it is not at all surprising that he has said this. He is a very proud Russian and believes that playing in the Olympics is an amazing opportunity.
I believe that Ovechkin will in fact play in the Olympics, however I feel as though he will ultimately have to do what his "boss" says. He is under a contract with the NHL and the Washington Capitals. The NHLPA came out and said they wish they could participate, however they did not have any say in the final outcome. It will be interesting to see what the future holds and which players decide on going, if any. We talk more in depth on our podcast, "The Junior Hockey Podcast" about the decision made by the NHL.