2014 Olympic Hockey
In “N.H.L. Commissioner Lists Reasons for Failing to Commit to 2014” by Jeff Klein, in February 18th’s edition of the New York Times, the author explains the growing controversy of the 2014 Winter Olympics. The article explains how the NHL commissioner, Gary Bettman, is contemplating whether to allow NHL players to participate in The 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. The advantage of letting the players participate is the exposure of hockey to the world. The disadvantages is the risk of injury to the players who have contracts at an estimated 2.3 billion dollars.
Some feel that letting NHL players play in the Olympics is detrimental to the sport while others feel it helps hockey in many ways. What do the players who participate in the Olympics feel about this? Will this affect the 2012 Olympics in Vancouver? If I was an NHL player, I would be outraged if I could not represent my country in the biggest sports event in the world and on the biggest stage in the world.