NHL won’t discuss 2018 Winter Games while in Sochi

It’s not anything we’re focused on dealing with right now.

(AP) — The possibility of the NHL players competing in the 2018 Olympics won’t be discussed by the league during the Sochi Games.
“It’s not anything we’re focused on dealing with right now,” Commissioner Gary Bettman said.
Bettman was joined at a news conference Tuesday by NHL Players’ Association Executive Director Don Fehr and International Ice Hockey Federation President Rene Fasel.
“There is nothing like an Olympic gold medal in the life of an athlete,” Fasel said. “Nothing.”
Then Bettman interjected: “Except for winning the Stanley Cup.”
The league and the union have allowed their players to be in the Olympics since 1998, creating an elite hockey tournament that has become one of the most popular events at the Olympics.
The 2018 Winter Games will be in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and no one knows if NHL players will be there.
“None of this moves forward, if it moves forward at all, is if the players don’t want to play,” Bettman said. “If the players ever said, we’re not interested, we’re not going to force them to go.”
If NHL players ever did say that, it would be stunning. They all seem to want to keep having an opportunity to play for gold on the world’s stage every four years.

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