The National Hockey League will not compete at the 2016 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.
On its website Monday, the NHL announced that it will not go to South Korea, ending five consecutive Olympic Games involving its players.
“Although the overwhelming majority of our owners are against the players’ participation in the Games, we had left the door open and wanted to hear the opinions of other parties (International Olympic Committee, International Ice Hockey Federation, .). But months have gone by and no dialogue has been started, “said NHL boss Gary Bettman in a statement.
The NHL added that she did not like to see President of the International Hockey Federation, René Fasel, say that if the players did not go to Pyeongchang, they also had to put a cross on the Beijing Games in 2022.
“We now consider the matter formally settled,” said the same statement.
More than 700 NHL players have participated in the Games since Nagano in 1998.
A Bettman bluff?
“It’s a very complex issue,” Martin McGuire said in an interview with Paul Houde. Just two weeks ago, Donald Fehr said it would probably become a team decision. In the meantime, it’s probably a very big bluff card from Gary Bettman because there’s still time in this file. To announce this today is very strategic. It is recalled that Gary Bettman wants financial compensation. He wants the Olympics to be able to promote the NHL product. And this is a door that the IOC does not want to open because if we do it for the National League, we will have to do it for the ATP, the PGA, the LPGA, the NBA and all the professionals who go to the OJ. “