Quantcast

IIHF president hopes NHL changes its mind over 2018 Olympics - KOAA.com | Continuous News | Colorado Springs and Pueblo

IIHF president hopes NHL changes its mind over 2018 Olympics

Posted: Updated:
PARIS (AP) -

The NHL still has a couple more months to reverse its decision and opt to participate in next year's Olympics in South Korea.
    
International Ice Hockey Federation President Rene Fasel said Tuesday his organization was in contact with the National Hockey League Players' Association two or three times per week, hoping to work out a solution that will bring the sport's biggest stars to Pyeongchang.
    
"I would say the latest we can do is end of June, beginning of July, for calendars, schedules, arenas," Fasel said at a news conference during the hockey worlds. "We will see."
    
Fasel, who is Swiss, also said he plans to call NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, but he didn't seem too enthusiastic about his chances.
    
"I have a very good relation with Gary. But what can I say? I have nothing to give him," Fasel said. "I can say 'Hello, how are you? Great playoffs.' Just social talk. Maybe I come to New York, we have a steak and go back. This is the way it is.
    
"The puck is for sure on the stick of the NHL Players' Association and we will see."
    
Last month, the NHL announced that it will not stop its season to allow players to compete at the Feb. 9-25 Olympics for the first time in 20 years.
    
"I'm a very positive person so I never give up, and there is still some time where maybe we can convince Gary Bettman to change his opinion," Fasel said.
    
The NHL has not decided whether to allow teams to make decisions on a case-by-case basis. It was not immediately clear how the United States, Canada and other countries will fill Olympic rosters, though national federations have already begun planning.
    
"We played before without the NHL, we will have anyway a great tournament. But it would be so much better with the best players in the world," Fasel said. "The players want to go, so I really don't understand.
    
"But if Gary decides not to go to the Olympics, the fans will not be happy, the players will not be happy, I hope (the) media won't be happy. The whole world will not be happy."
    
Skipping the Olympics in Pyeongchang would be a huge mistake, Fasel said, in terms of growing hockey in Asia.
    
"There is a unique opportunity for our sport to show up there, a unique opportunity for the NHL to be there," said Fasel, who is also a long-standing IOC member. "We are in discussion with the IOC. We have internally our discussion and we try and make a snowball, a package that maybe we can go to Gary (with) and say 'Listen, Gary: Yes or no?'
    
"There is nothing bigger and more important. We don't have a better platform for our sport than the Olympic Winter Games. Three billion people watching."
    
NHL stars like Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin, Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews and New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist have all spoken out strongly in favor of taking part.
    
The NHL's stance, if unchanged, would put Russia in a dominant position.
    
Russia is home to the Kontinental Hockey League, widely regarded as the strongest outside North America. Taking a schedule break for the Olympics is easier for the KHL, which already shapes its season to accommodate the world championships and national-team warmups.
    
"What we will do for sure if the NHL isn't coming is that we will work in China, in the KHL," Fasel said. "That will give the space to the Russian and the non-Russian clubs to be present in Asia."
 

Top Trending Videos

WEATHER
Drive the Doppler
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Castle Rock Outlets 'All-Night Shopping Party'

    Castle Rock Outlets 'All-Night Shopping Party'

    Wednesday, November 22 2017 10:49 PM EST2017-11-23 03:49:46 GMT

    If you are unsure where to shop for Black Friday this year, the Castle Rock Outlets will be open on Thanksgiving Day hosting an 'All-Night Shopping Party.' The stores will open at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving night and remain open until 9 p.m. on Friday, giving shoppers a full 25 hours to shop. 

    If you are unsure where to shop for Black Friday this year, the Castle Rock Outlets will be open on Thanksgiving Day hosting an 'All-Night Shopping Party.' The stores will open at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving night and remain open until 9 p.m. on Friday, giving shoppers a full 25 hours to shop. 

  • News 5 Investigates: Parents upset after learning State kept child support money meant for their daughter

    News 5 Investigates: Parents upset after learning State kept child support money meant for their daughter

    Thursday, November 23 2017 6:23 PM EST2017-11-23 23:23:44 GMT

    Thousands pay child support, but News 5 Investigates discovered their payments don't always go to the custodial parent and child.  Nicholas Turner and Audrey Mead have a two-year-old daughter. Although the couple is not together anymore, Turner wants to be part of his daughter's life and pays child support.  "Money is going missing as I'm paying it," Turner said.  Turner reached out to News 5 Investigates after he noticed not all of the money he was paying ...

    Thousands pay child support, but News 5 Investigates discovered their payments don't always go to the custodial parent and child.  Nicholas Turner and Audrey Mead have a two-year-old daughter. Although the couple is not together anymore, Turner wants to be part of his daughter's life and pays child support.  "Money is going missing as I'm paying it," Turner said.  Turner reached out to News 5 Investigates after he noticed not all of the money he was paying ...

  • Mystery boom rattles Lochbuie, Colorado

    Mystery boom rattles Lochbuie, Colorado

    Wednesday, November 22 2017 1:40 PM EST2017-11-22 18:40:02 GMT

    (KUSA) It has been 24 hours since widespread reports of a loud boom that rattled windows across a town in Colorado. Yet, there is still no definitive answer from authorities on the source.

    (KUSA) It has been 24 hours since widespread reports of a loud boom that rattled windows across a town in Colorado. Yet, there is still no definitive answer from authorities on the source.

Powered by Frankly

© KOAA.com 2017, KOAA.com
A CORDILLERA COMMUNICATIONS Station
All rights reserved
Privacy Policy, | Terms of Service, and Ad Choices

Can't find something?