Battle lines drawn for decision on NHL participation in 2018 Olympics – Chicago Tribune

A standoff between the NHL and the International Olympic Committee continues with no end in sight, but with each passing day it increasingly threatens the league’s participation in the 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Caught in the middle of the skirmish are players who want to represent their countries on the sport’s biggest stage.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and his deputy, Bill Daly, painted a grim picture of the situation during last weekend’s All-Star festivities in Los Angeles, with Daly saying “if the status quo remains, I don’t expect us to be in the Olympics.”

The initial sticking point was the IOC’s refusal to pay travel and insurance expenses for the players. Since then, the International Ice Hockey Federation reportedly has said it had a plan to pony up the $10 million for the expenses, but the IOC’s stance already had rankled NHL owners.

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