League: Mi­nor lea­guers can’t go to 2018 Olympics

The Washington Times Daily - - SPORTS -

Play­ers with NHL con­tracts, even those in the mi­nors, will not be al­lowed to par­tic­i­pate in the Win­ter Olympics next Fe­bru­ary.

Deputy Com­mis­sioner Bill Daly con­firmed the league’s stance to The As­so­ci­ated Press on Mon­day. The league an­nounced in April it wouldn’t be stop­ping its sea­son to go to the Olympics for the first time since 1994, but ques­tions had re­mained about play­ers in the Amer­i­can Hockey League and ECHL .

“A de­ci­sion has been made that all play­ers un­der NHL con­tract will be sub­ject to sim­i­lar treat­ment,” Daly said.

This means play­ers signed to twoway NHL con­tracts or who are loaned to mi­nor league af­fil­i­ates by their clubs won’t be avail­able to the United States, Canada or other na­tional teams. The AHL said ear­lier this sum­mer that gen­eral man­agers could de­cide to al­low play­ers on AHL con­tracts to play in South Korea.

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