/Gary Bettman makes it clear 2018 Olympics off the table for NHL

Gary Bettman makes it clear 2018 Olympics off the table for NHL

PITTSBURGH — The NHL announced Monday that its All-Star weekend will be in Tampa on Jan. 27-28, 2018, making it clear that NHL officials are not going to change their mind about not sending NHL players to the 2018 Olympics in South Korea.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said reports that the NHL might reconsider are untrue. The NHL doesn’t play All-Star games when it competes at the Olympics.

“Six weeks ago we were very clear and definite that we had no interest,” Bettman said in his state of the union message before the Stanley Cup Final.

“We are not anti-Olympics. We are anti-disruption of the season,” Bettman said.

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With regard to Washington winger Alex Ovechkin’s threat to leave the Capitals and play in the Olympics regardless of the league’s position, Bettman declined to say what the NHL would do if that occurs.

“No reason to pick that fight right now,” Bettman said, noting that the NHL has a blanket expectation that no players will be allowed to compete.

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