Alexei Zhamnov

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MOSCOW, April 4. /Offset. TASS Sergey Fuchs/. The decision of the National hockey League (NHL) on the participation of its players in the Olympic games 2018 can be changed, the questions on this verdict remains. This opinion TASS expressed by the head of scouting services national team of Russia Alexei Zhamnov.

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On Monday, the NHL announced that there will be pause in the regular championship of the season 2017/18. This hockey League will not be able to compete at the Games in 2018.

“I’m already in North America. Task – to watch for guys who can strengthen us in the world Cup. Today we will visit a match between “Toronto” and “Washington,” then I’ll go to the game “Toronto” and “Tampa Bay” – said Zhamnov.

“Yesterday I met with the guys from “Washington”, talked to and met the players “Philadelphia” . I talked to them before and after we learned of the decision of the NHL. While the verdict is, but I don’t think it is final. Let’s see how things will develop, questions will still be up,” he added.

NHL players participated in the Olympics since 1998, when the League made a special pause for the tournament. During this time, the Games took part 706 NHL players.

Olympic games 2018 will be held in South Korean Pyeongchang from 9 to 25 February.