NHL vs IOC
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.