by Laurence Morin-Emond on October 2, 2013 - 1:23pm

It comes together; the winter Olympics Games (OG) approaches, we starts to debate about ‘Why the National Hockey League (NHL) players should or shouldn’t play at the Olympics?’ Especially this year, negotiations have been long and serious between the NHL, the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

NHL do not wanted to leave his player go play at OG, because they usually get tired of the 2 weeks. The players started the Olympics training camp more than one year before the event. Plus, stay in Russia two weeks can be blown because of the jet lag. The average of the salary for a player is 2,100,000$. When they play in Olympic Games, they do not get paid, the NHL pays the trip, the assurance and the media coverage. All together it will cost $3 billion at the NHL…    

The IIHF and the IOC want to see the NHL players on the ice. For sure, an important percentage of people will follow the Olympics just to see the stars play on the ice. For them, it’s almost a real free promotion.

I think that NHL hockey players shouldn’t plays at the Olympics. As a big hockey fan, I think that yes, it's maybe beautifulest to watch. But, it makes the players more tired for the rest of the season. Also, I think that they are enough popular; they don’t need to prove anything. They are already consider like the best hockey players in the whole world. That’s why that in my mind, Olympics games could show some really good hockey players (who play outside of the NHL and who are maybe youngest) and open a lot of doors to them, showing their skills during the 2 weeks of competition. Almost all the NHL players are currently leaving a dream of little kid. I think they should allow youngest players to the OG, to for less, if they never play in the NHL, play at the Olympic Games! If the players have to play; it's before the NHL, around 18, and if they are draw after the tryouts.




I am for what you say but at the same time I believe that its good for NHL players to play in the Olympic Games. This is a tournament to entertain hockey fans across the globe and it brings a lot of money to the Olympic organisation. NHL players want to go and the Leagues as well, they even fixed next year's game calendars to fit with the ones of the Olympics. The only people who disagree for NHL players to join the Olympic Games are head coach's for the reason you mentioned, the players eventually get tired. But overall more people want the pros in the Olympics. When you think about it, the Olympic games are there to see what country is the best at a given sport. So it is important to put the best players of every country on a team to make the counties team better and stronger. Yes some people debate that it takes amateur players from the OHL, WHL, LHJMQ and European leagues chance of showing their full potential away but its false. For the amateurs who actually make the team, it helps them mature into better players and for those who get cut, they can join the u20 World Junior Championships and theirs even the under 18 World Junior Championship. So NHL players playing in the Olympics in no problem and the tradition should continue. Here is an article that talks about players wanting to participate in the Olympics as well as fans wanting them to go. The article also confirms the agreement between NHL Associations and the IIHF for players to participate in the 2014 Sochi Russia Winter Olympics. Article: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1709695-nhl-players-will-participate-...

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