The National Hockey League announced on Monday that it will not be participating in next year’s Winter Olympics in South Korea.
The NHL said in a statement, “The overwhelming majority” of the league’s 30 clubs were “adamantly opposed” to a 16-day break that would have had the NHL’s best players represent their country in the Olympics.
And the players aren’t happy.
A former NHL forward Brandon Prust, (who now plays in Germany) tweeted:
“Way to ruin the sport of hockey even more Gary #Olympics.”
Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin said he is still planing to go regardless of the NHL’s participation.
Last month, Ovechkin said:
“I think the players know it’s very important for us to represent our countries, everybody wants to go there.”
On Monday, Hockey Canada said that the NHL’s statement wasn’t what it was hoping for, but will not change Olympic preparation.
The 2018 Winter Olympics begin February 9th