Can the 2018 Olympics have a worthwhile hockey tournament without NHL players?
Or is NBC, the IIHF and the Pyeongchang organizers basically SOL?
- 4 years agoFavorite Answer
It depends on how you define worthwhile. Frankly the Olympics are having wholesale problems. Rio 2016 is a disaster waiting to happen (both literally and financially). How is South Korea going to be able to afford all these new facilities that may not get reused? That the IOC is refusing to do something they've done in the past (pay for transportation) is curious (and that's a main sticking point).
Look at Athens 2004. Hosting the Olympics was one (of many) horribly thought-out ideas which is why they're nearly bankrupt. Vancouver 2010 lost some money (the exact amount has been hard to pin down because the organizing committee has done a nice job of not being forthcoming with answers) but it's nothing compared to Montreal 1976 which was just recently paid off. Which begs the question "why would any country that doesn't already have facilities and infrastructure go down this path?"
I'm upset that Ontario lost $1.5mm over last summer's PanAm games. That's a drop in the bucket compared to what Rio and Pyongchang are looking at losing. Rio (and Brazil) not only got into bed with the IOC, but FIFA (quite possibly the most criminal sports organisation in the world) two years prior (stadiums that cost US$400mm to build are now sitting empty and unused).
They will find players who will play, but to your point, it won't be a true "best on best" tournament.
Then again, by the time the opening ceremony of Rio 2016 occurs, how many athletes will have stayed home due to fears over the zika virus?
- JohnathanLv 74 years ago
Of course they can! A hockey player doesn't have to be in the NHL to participate in an Olympic tournament. Of course, there's a myriad of factors to determine if the tournament itself is 'worthwhile', depending on your own definition. But yeah, I can see an Olympic tournament made entirely of KHLers, for instance, and you can still have entertaining hockey. Probably less fighting, though.
- BobLv 74 years ago
It depends on how you look at it, given that most of the best players won't be there, it will be a watered down version, but if you care about Hockey it will be worthwhile
- DeanoLv 74 years ago
It will be sub par hockey from the NHL, but it'll still be okay.
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- 0NE TRlCK P0NYLv 74 years ago
ABSOLUTELY YES !!!
There are many very talented hockey players who are not in the NHL.
- WINGNUTLv 74 years ago
Certainly, look at the NHL lineups today, stars from the world over now in the lineups, Russia, Finland, Sweden, Norwegians,the U.S.A, Canada, Chzeks the Slavs. The 2018 Olympic I am sure will provide even more.
- b4bill2001Lv 44 years ago
alex ovechkin said he will be there regardless of what the nhl rules later