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  • NHL Officials Says Olympic Participation Tricky


    NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly (Getty Images)
    (ATR) The second-highest ranking official in the NHL tells Around the Rings the issue of NHL participation is still tricky.

    Bill Daly spoke to ATR in Sochi on Monday, saying “the whole Olympic question is a complicated one.” Daly said there is not one particular issue that sticks out as the biggest concern for the league regarding the Games.

    The NHL reached a joint agreement with the NHL Players Association and the International Ice Hockey Federation to allow players to participate in the 2014 Olympics. The NHL has been weary of suspending its season and exposing its best players to injury for two weeks for the Games.

    However, Daly still praised the Games saying “the Olympics is great. It’s best-on-best competition. But that’s not limited to an Olympic venue.”

    He added the tournament “is off to a great start. The U.S.-Russia game was something special.”

    For now, he said the NHL has been focused too much on a “successful conclusion” to Sochi 2014 to begin thinking about player participation for the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang.

    “Let’s see how it goes,” he said.

    Written by Ed Hula III

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