Henrik Lundqvist: NHL’s Olympic Decision A Wasted Opportunity To Market Sport

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Apr 3, 2017

The NHL has decided not to halt its 2017-18 season and allow its players to participate in the 2018 Winter Olympic Game in South Korea next February.

Judging by the social media reaction to Monday’s announcement, the league’s decision has been quite unpopular among fans. Several players don’t seem thrilled, either, and the most prominent player to speak out Monday was New York Rangers superstar goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.

Lundqvist is among the most qualified players to speak about the benefits of the Olympics and the experience of the tournament as a whole. He has played in two Olympics and won the gold medal for Sweden in 2006 in Turin, Italy, as well as a silver medal in 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

Unfortunately for Lundqvist, NHL players won’t be playing in South Korea, and it remains to be seen how much the players and the NHLPA push back on the league’s decision.

Thumbnail photo via Eric Bolte/USA TODAY Sports Images

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