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Poll results: Readers want the NHL to remain involved with the Olympics

Aug 23, 2010, 11:30 PM EST

With the World Hockey Summit starting today, one of the biggest topics was how the NHL would handle future Olympic competitions, particularly the not-so-convenient 2014 Sochi Games. A couple days ago, I asked PHT readers what they thought about the possible return of the World Cup tournament and whether the NHL should continue participating in the Olympics.

Let’s take a look at the results of the poll. (Click to enlarge.)

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A resounding 212 of the 256 votes went in favor of the NHL continuing its involvement with the Olympics, with keeping the World Cup as well slightly edging only participating in the Olympics. (For the record, there was one write-in comment that involved … chicken nuggets or something. I really love the Internet sometimes.)

Personally, I think that a World Cup might be a bit redundant, at least if it’s in the same year as the Olympics (much like the Hockey World Championships took a slight dip this summer since players were exhausted from the season and the Vancouver games). Overall, though, I think the poll results show that fans want to see the best players perform on the biggest stages, whether it’s the Stanley Cup Finals or Olympic Games.

  1. kelly m - Aug 24, 2010 at 7:57 PM

    Why not abondon the NHL players playing in the Olympics all together . They could cancel the World Junior tournament that year and send those young players to the Olympics instead .We would still be watching world class players , but they would be true amateurs .

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