NHL announces it won’t attend 2018 Winter Olympic Games

In a public statement, the league announced its decision and then said, ‘We now consider the matter officially closed.’ Here’s why the breakdown happened—and why players aren’t happy.

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Since 1998, the National Hockey League has shut down mid-season to accommodate its players showcasing their talent on a global stage and donning their home country’s sweater.

That all ends next year during the Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.

The move to pull the plug on NHL players competing in the Olympics comes after NHL owners shared their frustrations with league commissioner Gary Bettman about the shut-down and potential for injury.

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NHL players, however, seem less than enthused about the decision. The NHL Players Association said in a statement:

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