International hockey has given us some of the greatest, most iconic moments in this sport’s history. Crosby’s golden goal, Henderson in ’72, the Miracle on Ice. Simply put, there’s nothing like International hockey.
And, frankly, it’s a travesty that the NHL wasn’t in attendance for the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. It was the first Olympic Games that the NHL passed up on since the IOC allowed professional players in 1998. Since then we’ve seen some truly incredible moments in hockey history, namely for the Czechs, Swedes and Canadians. And now… it looks like we may be treated to best-on-best Olympic hockey for the next two Olympic Games.
According to NHL insider Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic and TSN, the NHL and NHLPA are close to ratifying a new agreement that will see NHL players participate in the 2022 and 2026 Winter Olympics.
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Honestly… congratulations on not absolutely shitting the bed once again, NHL. I really, really, REALLY, didn’t think you could pull it off but here we are. Well done, Mr. Bettman you’re a true steward for the sport.
In all seriousness, this is obviously fantastic news. The more best on best competition there is, the better. Now, hopefully that NHL can do away with its silly World Cup that they seem so intent on making happen.