Pyeon­chang is ready to co-op­er­ate with NHL

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

LON­DON — The head of the Pyeongchang Olympics or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee said Thurs­day that the NHL isn’t be­ing “greedy” pre­vent­ing hockey stars go­ing to the 2018 Games and he was will­ing to be flex­i­ble to meet their de­mands.

Or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee pres­i­dent Lee Hee­beom told The As­so­ci­ated Press on Thurs­day that “we are ready to co-op­er­ate.” Lee says he’s doesn’t know what the NHL’s con­di­tions are “but what­ever they ask — if it is ac­cept­able for us — we will do our best.”

Dur­ing an in­ter­view in Lon­don, Lee added that “so far I don’t think they were so ... greedy and they didn’t ask too many re­quests beyond our ex­pec­ta­tions.”

The In­ter­na­tional Ice Hockey Fed­er­a­tion has also been will­ing to dis­cuss op­tions, but ac­knowl­edged a “game-changer” of­fer was likely needed for NHL team own­ers to change their minds about halt­ing the league sched­ule for three weeks. The best play­ers in the world have played in ev­ery Olympics since 1998.

The IIHF had al­ready agreed to meet play­ers’ travel and in­sur­ance costs when the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee ended its long­time com­mit­ment to pay. The NHL sought more con­ces­sions, but the IOC would not con­cede a share of mar­ket­ing rights to a com­mer­cial league.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.