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The NHL will not compete at the Olympics next year. The League refused to make a break in the calendar for the Games

The NHL officially announced the refusal of the Olympics. Negotiations on this issue is complete, reported the official website of the League.

“We have stated that, despite the fact that the vast majority of our clubs are completely against the break in the championship in order to participate in the Olympics some players, we were open to suggestions from other parties interested in the question (including the IOC, the IIHF, the players’ Union and so on.

But it’s been a few months, but substantive dialogue and began. Instead, the IOC has now taken the position that the participation of NHL Games in Beijing in 2022 will depend on our participation in the Games in 2018. And the players ‘ Union said that’s not going to do a discussion about participation in the Olympiads more attractive for clubs . In order to stop scandal stories and speculation, we declare that in compiling the calendar is 2017/2018 regular season we won’t provide a break for the Olympics. We consider the matter closed,” reads the statement published on the website of the NHL.