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NHL will not participate in 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics

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The National Hockey League will not take part in the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. NHL, in a statement yesterday said, it would finalize its 2017-18 season schedule without a Winter Games break. The decision brings an end to years of tense bargaining between the International Olympic Committee, International Ice Hockey Federation and the NHL over the league’s continuing participation in the Winter Games.

Unhappy about having to shut down for almost three weeks in the middle of their regular season, the NHL had been seeking major concessions from the IOC for taking part in the South Korea games. The NHL had participated in every Winter Olympics since the 1998 Nagano Winter Games. The decision will impact almost every major hockey playing nation with the Sweden, Finland, Russia, United States and Canadian teams almost entirely made up of NHL players. The NHL’s absence will be a blow to the Olympics as the hockey competition was one of the Winter Games premier events and pulled in top ratings, particularly in North America.

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