NHL’s International Plan Includes China But Not Olympics

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The NHL is streamer to Asia subsequent season. Just not a Olympics.

Commissioner Gary Bettman emphatically reasserted a joining will not take a mangle subsequent Feb to attend in a 2018 Winter Games in South Korea subsequent February. The joining formerly announced it would skip going to Pyeongchang progressing this spring, a indicate Bettman bluntly reiterated on Monday only hours before Pittsburgh and Nashville met in Game 1 of a Stanley Cup Final.

“(We’ve seen) a series of comments from a (International Ice Hockey Federation) and actor reps suggesting it was still an open issue, it is not and has not been,” Bettman said.

IIHF President Rene Fasel pronounced a ruling physique was touching bottom with a NHL Players’ Association dual or 3 times per week, anticipating to work out a solution. Lee Hee-beom, conduct of a Pyeongchang Organizing committee, pronounced in London progressing this month he was “ready to cooperate” with a NHL to make certain a best players in a universe could attend in a games as they’ve finished in any Winter Olympics given 1998.

Nope.

While observant a NHL is not “anti-Olympics,” Bettman pronounced joining owners are no longer meddlesome in carrying their arenas go dim in a center of winter while some of their best employees trafficked to a other side of a world, quite if a International Olympic Committee wants no partial of picking adult a word cost.

Bettman pronounced a joining “never negotiated” with a IOC, observant a joining didn’t have “the ardour to continue participation.”

Some players, like Washington star Alexander Ovechkin, have indicated they will play for their home countries regardless of either a joining takes a mangle or not. Bettman doesn’t see that happening.

“We have an expectancy that nothing of a players are going,” he said. “But we don’t wish to get into a gymnastics concerned in what that means. There’s no reason to collect that quarrel right now.”

The joining is frequency abandoning efforts to enhance a tellurian footprint. The joining will horde events on 3 continents during a 2017-18 season. The Vancouver Canucks and Los Angeles Kings will play a span of muster games in China in September. Ottawa and Colorado will accommodate in a unchanging deteriorate diversion in Stockholm in Nov and Tampa will horde to a All-Star diversion for a second time subsequent January.

The Canucks and Kings will play in Shanghai on Sept. 21 and in Beijing on Sept. 23. Beijing will acquire a universe for a 2022 Winter Olympics, nonetheless Bettman pronounced a subject of NHL players tagging along never came up.

“I consider a concentration is some-more about long-term building a sport, not what happens for dual weeks in 2022,” Bettman said.

Other takeaways from Bettman’s annual state-of-the-league address:

VEGAS BABY

The enlargement Las Vegas Knights will have 72 hours – and not a primarily announced 48 – to examination any team’s stable list. Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly pronounced a joining is “very pleased” with a city’s response to a attainment of a initial vital veteran sports franchise.

UNDER REVIEW

There are no skeleton to enhance what is lonesome by a newly introduced coach’s plea though Bettman pronounced a joining is meditative about regulating a time to extent a window on when coaches can warning officials they wish a play reviewed.

RAISING ARIZONA

The joining continued to behind a Arizona Coyotes’ tenure in a query to find a permanent home. The group is entering a final year of a franchise with Gila River Arena in Glendale, a poignant transport for fans from Phoenix.

“We have a lot of calm for a Coyotes,” Daly said. “We’re assured there are a lot of good locus opportunities accessible to them there. Our tenure is focused on cultivating one of those opportunities. There’s any clarity that they’ll be successful in doing that. So we support their efforts.”

CATCH ME OUTSIDE

The NHL will play during 3 outside games during a 2017-18 season. Ottawa will face Montreal in a NHL 100 Classic during Landsdowne Park in Ottawa on Dec. 16 to applaud a 100th anniversary of a initial NHL diversion played on Dec. 19, 1917. The Buffalo Sabres and New York Rangers will play during Citi Field – a home of baseball’s New York Mets – in a Winter Classic on Jan. 1 and Washington and Toronto will play a Stadium Series Game on Mar 3 during Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland.

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