The NHL’s annual preseason media tour in New York is nicknamed the “car wash,” because it’s a steady lineup of stars moving from one room to the next at league headquarters answering questions.

The questions range from silly to serious. One favourite: “When was the last time you cried?”

Winnipeg Jets centre Mark Scheifele was not asked that question, but he wasn’t all business in his wide-ranging chat with TSN and ESPN last week following his breakout season:

Q: If you were Commissioner Bettman and you could make one rule change to better the game, what would it be?

Scheifele: “Go to the Olympics, I would say. I know I was definitely disappointed with the news last year about the Olympics.”

Q: Why are the Olympics so important to you?

Scheifele: “It’s like the next best thing. We all dream of winning the Stanley Cup, but right there is winning a gold medal, playing for Team Canada in the Olympics. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I think when you have even the slightest chance of making the team you want to have that opportunity to play.”