The head of the International Ice Hockey Federation is going to do all he can to get NHL players back into the Olympics in 2022. The NHL decided its players would not participate in the upcoming Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea in 2018 for several reasons. For one, the 14-hour time difference would not be conducive for fans in the United States to watch, but also, the league did not want to put a halt to its schedule for three weeks in the middle of the season. Many players wanted to play in the event, but the NHL and team owners did not want them to participate. Owners also noted players would come back with injuries from the Olympics, which would create problems down the stretch of their schedule. The NHL had similar concerns before approving NHL players to play in the Olympics beginning in 1998. It's a problem the IIHF must solve, even if it won't be easy.
IIHF head will do 'everything in his power' to get NHL players in 2022 Olympics
Sporting News | Jan 5