As if we haven’t waited long enough, it looks like we will have to hold on just a little bit longer. While it was rumored that the schedules for all 30 NHL teams were supposed to be issued yesterday, the 2013-14 NHL schedule is dependent on an agreement being reached that would allow the NHL players to participate in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi Russia.
According to NHL.com, NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said that the schedule will not be released until an agreement has been reached between the National Hockey League, National Hockey League Players’ Association, International Ice Hockey Federation and the International Olympic Committee on the matter.
There has been no final agreement on the terms of Olympic participation at this point,” Daly told NHL.com. “And unless, or until, there is, the release of the 2013-14 regular-season schedule would be premature. Having said that, we hope that a final resolution on both matters can be achieved in the very near future.” ~ via NHL.com
Should all parties come to an agreement on Olympic participation for the NHL players, the league will come to a halt for a minimum of two weeks between February 7th and February 23rd while the players selected to represent their respective countries battle it out on Olympic ice.
The Olympics gives athletes a venue where they can come together from all corners of the world in peace and harmony and compete to be the best in the world at their given sport.
NHL Players have been participating in the Olympics since the 1998 Winter Games in Nagano, Japan.