(K. Brent Tomer),
OF THE four leading North American team sports, ice hockey is both the only one not dominated by the United States and the one with the richest tradition of international competition. Men’s hockey is one of the Winter Olympics’ showcase events and has provided many of the Games’ most memorable moments, including America’s come-from-behind Miracle on Ice victory in 1980 (pictured) and Sidney Crosby’s golden goal for Canada in 2010. But fans hoping for further athletic history to be made next year in Pyeongchang, South Korea will be sorely disappointed: on April 3rd the National Hockey League (NHL), the North American professional circuit whose clubs employ the vast majority of the world’s top talent, announced that it will no longer halt its season so that its players can participate in the Winter Olympics.
The Olympics have always represented a double-edged sword for the NHL. On one hand, the Games provide an unparalleled opportunity to promote hockey in countries with little exposure to…Continue reading