Is this really a big deal for the NHL? Reading a lot of bitching on the internets on how the NHL is small minded and blowing a chance to market the game on a grand stage. They've been marketing the game since 1998, what's changed? Starting to wonder if it's canadians complaining because this is one of the only tournaments they can win They certainly can't win the Cup anymore.
I like olympic hockey but I don't think it's vital for the viability of the NHL. The Olympics and the NHL will both survive.
Am I wrong?