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The NHL Is Out Of The Olympic Games

Gary Bettman announced today that the NHL will not be participating in the 2018 Winter Games.

Team Canada Olympic Orientation Camp Photo by Mike Ridewood/Getty Images

Like seeing your favorite NHL players at the Winter Olympics? Well, you'll be disappointed in 2018. Here's the NHL’s statement on not participating:

NHL STATEMENT ON OLYMPICS

NEW YORK (April 3, 2017) -- The National Hockey League today releasedthe following statement regarding the 2018 Olympic Winter Games:

“We have previously made clear that, while the overwhelming majorityof our Clubs are adamantly opposed to disrupting the 2017-18 NHL season forpurposes of accommodating Olympic participation by some NHL players, wewere open to hearing from any of the other parties who might have aninterest in the issue (e.g., the IOC, the IIHF, the NHLPA) as to reasonsthe Board of Governors might be interested in re-evaluating their stronglyheld views on the subject. A number of months have now passed and nomeaningful dialogue has materialized. Instead, the IOC has now expressedthe position that the NHL’s participation in Beijing in 2022 is conditionedon our participation in South Korea in 2018. And the NHLPA has now publiclyconfirmed that it has no interest or intention of engaging in anydiscussion that might make Olympic participation more attractive to theClubs. As a result, and in an effort to create clarity among conflictingreports and erroneous speculation, this will confirm our intention toproceed with finalizing our 2017-18 Regular Season schedule without anybreak to accommodate the Olympic Winter Games. We now consider the matterofficially closed.”