Henrik Lundqvist, the New York Rangers goalie mentioned in the media that he felt like something was snatched away from him. He didn’t join the team for the Olympic game. His identical twin brother Joel Lundqvist who is playing for the Swedish Olympic Team told that his brother really wants to be here, and he also believes that all the NHL players want to be present for the game.
But they aren’t. What’s the reason for this?
Why are NHL Players missing from the Winter Olympics 2018
As per the facts and information, NHL isn’t on the Olympic Gaming list since the 1998 Nagano Games. The reasons for this separation are as follows:
Injuries – the Biggest Concern of all
That’s the thing which makes the Olympic, the biggest game of all. Parity among the teams. But it’s a fact that people who get injured on the Olympic games lose a place on the team’s playoff end. Therefore, with the fear of getting injured many of the players give up their interest and don’t play for the Olympics.
No partnership with the IOC
Even though NHL supplied its players for the IOC games, the league was not allowed to post any video content on their website. NHL has been never satisfied with the way they were treated by the Olympics Federation. They are in search of better marketing strategies that can fetch out some money too.
Time Zone problems
Yes, the NHL players and the fans will have to sacrifice some of their sleep for the game. For example, the game scheduled in Korea was going to be telecast at 7 am or 10 pm.
Shutting off the Leagues caused some Other Issues!
Normally, for arranging an Olympic game, the NHL had to shut down its services for 17 days. This cost a lot to the NHL in terms of their business handlings. While certain teams have reduced the walk-up ticket sales that are conducted after the Olympics.
No much gain on the NHL side. Why is it so?
That’s the major reason for all! Even though NHL has its presence in the Olympics Game, it doesn’t gain much attention or benefits out of it. For the past games, even the viewership of the NHL games hasn’t increased. On the other hand, NHL wishes to have some international growth which they believe can be achieved on their own.
These are the Reasons for the Less NHL participation in the Winter Olympics this year. Do you want the NHL back or not? Share your responses below, and follow us for more updates.