I don't have one because what you're talking about is the poster child of a false flag. The NHL, the IOC and the IIHF couldn't reach an agreement to allow for players under NHL contract to participate. The NHL wanted travel costs and insurance paid for by the IOC and wanted the ability to show digital...
Best answer: I don't have one because what you're talking about is the poster child of a false flag. The NHL, the IOC and the IIHF couldn't reach an agreement to allow for players under NHL contract to participate. The NHL wanted travel costs and insurance paid for by the IOC and wanted the ability to show digital highlights on their platform (example: being able to see Olympic highlights on NHL.com and team sites, so if you're an Oilers fan you can see highlights of Connor McDavid playing for Canada on the Oilers team site or NHL.com). The IOC said no. The IIHF couldn't broker a deal, so here we are. Odds are they'll sort it out for 2022 because everyone wants to get a foothold in China.
It's unfortunate because had the NHL been able to send players over the Americans would be medal contenders.
If you honestly think losing preliminary round game that started at 7am ET/4am PT is going to turn American kids away from hockey (it won't) then I can't help you (the truth is that participation in hockey in America (if you go by USA Hockey registration) is up almost 100,000 in the last ten years). Yes- the Olympics are a great showcase for the sport but much of the work is being done at the local level.
The OAR (Russia) lost to Slovakia and they have (arguably) the best roster since they're using KHL players. That, IMO, is far more embarrassing.
We do the same thing here in Canada (it's people at the local level running intro/beginner/house leagues that feed into the next step who won't get one millionth of the credit they deserve). Our men beat Switzerland this morning; the kid that watches that one game, and based on winning that one game decides to play hockey doesn't exist.
The US women lost last night to Canada 2-1. By your logic US women won't want to play the game (except despite not winning gold in 20 years, women's USA Hockey registration is through the roof). Women have two options in North America to play professional hockey (the NWHL and the CWHL) which they didn't have 5 years ago.
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