MOSCOW, April 4. /Offset. TASS Rustam Sharafutdinov/. The decision of the National hockey League (NHL) not to release their players for the Olympic games demonstrated the hypocrisy of the leaders of the organization. This opinion TASS expressed the hockey agent Alexei Dementiev.
NHL players will not participate in the Olympics 2018
On Monday, the NHL announced that it will not stop the regular championship season-2017/18 for the Olympic period. This means that players League for the first time since 1994, will not participate in the Games.
“I worked for many years in the NHL, talked with the team owners, managers, scouts, coaches, and all of me in one voice saying that hockey varies: we need those who want to play hockey and loves him, and then those who plays for the financial component, – said Dementev. Is the solution and how it is presented, shows the greatest hypocrisy of the League” .
“The sports component is pushed into the background, and we are told that the money may lose in the NHL, the most important thing. This fact disappoints hard enough”, he added.
At the end of the season over contracts from over 10 Russian players in the NHL, including Nikita Zaitsev, Dmitry Orlov and a first number of NHL draft 2012 nail Yakupov. “I doubt that players will interrupt his career in the NHL, given that they are in demand in North America,” – said the agent.