Did the NHL kill men's ice hockey at the Winter Olympics?

When the NHL made the decision last April that it would not allow its players to participate in the Olympics for the first time since 1994, it doomed the men’s hockey in Pyeongchang to second-rate, rag tag status.

“I never say never, but I find it hard to envision a scenario where it makes sense unless, possibly, the Winter Games are back in North America where the time frame, and the attention, and the logistics and travel are a lot different,” league commissioner Gary Bettman told SV Sport back in November, doubling down on his opinion that shutting down the NHL for two weeks for the Olympics is not worth it from a marketing perspective.

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