NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly met informally on Friday with members of the International Ice Hockey Federation, speaking briefly about future participation of NHLers in the Winter Olympics. The NHL is skipping the Games this February in Pyeongchang, South Korea, but the door is open for the league to return for 2022 in Beijing. “It’s very premature for me to go there,” Daly said. “Each Olympics is different. There’s a different value proposition. These particular Olympics that are coming up, ultimately the negatives outweighed the positives for our owners. “I don’t know what Beijing will hold. The logistical issues that we have with South Korea will be the same with China, but maybe there are some other opportunities in China that aren’t in South Korea. We will see.” There have been rumblings that some NHLers would boycott the all-star game at the end of January in Tampa as a means to protest the league’s decision on Olympic participation.
Daly: Beijing Olympics may have other opportunities than Pyeongchang
Toronto Star | Dec 30