NHL says NO!
The NHL has decided that they will not go to the 2018 Pyeongchang. Sports is not a topic I will write about normally, but as a sports fan, I have to voice my opinion. The Olympics has been a showcase of hockey for as long as I have been watching. I love watching Team Canada to do battle with the world watch them come out on top. It has become part of our culture and part of other hockey cultures. The long-standing rivalries between the top countries is always fantastic to watch. Russia, Sweden, the US and Canada have powerhouse teams with enough skill and speed to present huge entertainment value. Audiences all over the world should be able to witness this fantastic best-on-best tournament.
The NHL cannot manufacture the excitement of the Olympic Games
The NHL tried to mimic this feeling when they created the World Cup of Hockey. It is important to remember that the NHL profits from that tournament almost exclusively. I went to a World Cup Game and seeing all of my heroes in person was amazing. But the Olympics has a much richer tradition associated with it. The gold medals are more sought after than the (NHL created) World Cup. The history and prestige the Olympics has is truly unique. Players want to be in this tournament because, unsurprisingly, it means more to them than the World Cup of Hockey.