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Daly on NHL in Olympics: ‘We are proceeding under assumption of taking part’

May 10, 2013, 8:59 AM EST

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The NHL’s participation in the 2014 Winter Olympics is nearly complete.

The IIHF announced today they’re even more optimistic about the NHL participating in the 2014 games in Sochi, Russia and NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly sounds all the more positive about seeing it happen as Szymon Szemberg of IIHF.com reports.

“We are proceeding under the assumption that the NHL will participate in Sochi,” Daly said. “We are still working on important issues with the IIHF and the IOC, and subject to our board of governors’ consideration and approval, it remains the objective that Sochi will be the fifth consecutive Olympics with NHL participation and where the NHL shuts down for the duration of the Olympic tournament.”

Ever since the lockout ended, there have been doubts about whether or not the NHL would go to Sochi but Daly’s words today make that seem all the more likely the pros will be back in the Olympics. As talks have progressed it’s been made to seem more likely each time that the issues present would be resolved. This is just another step in that direction.

To pile onto this, Yahoo! Sports’ Dmitry Chesnokov reports the Executive Director of the Russian Hockey Federation says the NHL will announce their participation in the Olympics once the World Championships are over. The gold medal game for Worlds is May 19.

  1. jpelle82 - May 10, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    good. i was watching a caps game a few weeks ago and bettman was at the verizon center. joe b interviewed him during an intermission and told bettman that ovechkin had said he would be playing for Russia whether the league says he could or not…it was hilarious, you shouldve seen bettman’s face…eyebrows went up and he kinda stammered said “wellll., we will have to see”. classic

    • supercoop8 - May 10, 2013 at 9:54 AM

      Kind of exposes the inherent difference between NHL and NBA stars; basketball players want to be heavily compensated to represent their country while hockey players are willing to forfeit salary for it.

      • rogersjd16 - May 10, 2013 at 10:39 AM

        Well said and played.

      • JoeAvg - May 10, 2013 at 10:57 AM

        And this, my friend, is why hockey is the only sport I watch anymore. So sick of the prima donnas.

  2. ndrick731 - May 10, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    The only league that would inconvenience their season ticket holders by condensing the season for the second year in a row. One of the main reasons that I did not renew my season tickets after 10 years.

    • timsabourin - May 10, 2013 at 11:53 AM

      get over it/yourself.

    • shannysux - May 10, 2013 at 1:41 PM

      well, they screwed us out of half the season, just glad they arent also screwing us out of the Olympics

  3. thehighcountrybear - May 10, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    Despite the posturing, the NHL has no other option than to participate…

    On a global scale, the NHL is barely known outside the hockey loop, and a refusal to let team players represent respective countries would be a public relations disaster! The NHL can’t even sell its product in the US outside the northeast without active attendance from itinerant Canadians…it’s not in the best of bargaining positions and its brain trust are acutely aware of that fact.

    The NHL is simply posturing for the purpose of inflating its own perception of self-importance while the cheeses in the IOC yawn?

    Compounding exposure issues were the NHL to decline permission, the KHL and European junior hockey are closing fast on the NHL and major junior and collegiate play on this side of the water.

    Like the lockout, refusal to let the players play will simply fuel need for headliners like Datsyuk to stay home where hockey is run by those with a less provincial mindset steered by money-grubbing lawyers and financiers only interested in fattening bottom lines as is the case in the NHL. Ditto European junior players forced to play in the Podunk outback of North America to prepare for and meet NHL standards.

    Make it more desirable for the world’s best to play over there and over there is where they will play, adding momentum and force to growth of professional hockey in direct opposition to the NHL.

    The transformation’s happening anyway, the speed at which it happens is all that’s left to determine…

  4. 950003cups - May 10, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    The Olympics will not be the same without men like Crosby, Briere, Carcillo, Subban, and Burrows.

    With that roster, Team Canada is sure to win the Gold in the Men’s Diving Competition.

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