Just as Alex Ovechkin presented a hopeful tone for his chances for playing in the Olympics, the NHL further closed the door on its players going to Pyeongchang in 2018. Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly confirmed to The Associated Press on Monday that all players with an NHL contract, even those playing in the AHL or ECHL, will not be made available for the Olympic games.
While the NHL has made clear that it will not halt its regular season for the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, there was some question as to whether NHL players in the minors would be available to their national teams. Daly made clear that would not be the case, further limiting the pool of players teams like USA and Canada will be able to choose from.
For the Hershey Bears, this rule precludes the majority of the team's roster from participating.
C. Bourque, Gazley, Bau Hansen, G. Mitchell, Zajac, Labrie, Geiger, Milner are the only players on AHL deals with Hershey.— Zack Fisch (@zackfisch) August 7, 2017
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