While the temptation among sports fans in Canada is to string up NHL commissioner Gary Bettman for this decision by the league to not send their top players to the 2018 Winter Olympics, look at it their way.
They would have had to shut their league down for two weeks while all their players were over in South Korea, playing hockey games in the middle of the night to few North American viewers. It doesn’t help the league’s bottom line to do this, plus the players could get injured. I don’t blame these NHL owners one bit.
Still, the players had wanted to go, the NHL fans wanted them to go, and it would have been the opportunity to showcase the game at its highest level to a new audience in South Korea. Elliotte Friedman says it all when he calls this decision bad for hockey.