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NHL players to miss 2018 Olympics?

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THE National Hockey League may not send its players to the next Winter Olympics in South Korea, potentially dealing a huge blow to the ice hockey competition.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says the league may want to solely focus on the following Olympics in 2022 in Beijing, in order to gain a foothold in the Chinese market.

“The question is would the fact that the Winter Olympics in Beijing introduce that country to hockey and give us an opportunity to make a real impression in China, where hockey is really in an embryonic state?” Bettman said on NHL.com.

Jonas Hiller #1 of Switzerland tries to make a save against Sandis Ozolins #8 of Latvia as Severin Blindenbacher #5 and Nino Niederreiter #22 defend in the second period during the Men's Ice Hockey Preliminary Round Group C game on day five of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
Jonas Hiller #1 of Switzerland tries to make a save against Sandis Ozolins #8 of Latvia as Severin Blindenbacher #5 and Nino Niederreiter #22 defend in the second period during the Men’s Ice Hockey Preliminary Round Group C game on day five of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.Source: Getty Images

“That’s a discussion we have to have to determine whether or not there is an opportunity to grow the game in China by using the Winter Games with NHL players as a catalyst.

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Alex Ovechkin knocks out Andrei Svechnikov in brutal fight, Capitals vs Hurricanes

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You come at The King, you best not miss.

It’s a lesson teenager Andrei Svechnikov will never forget.

Ice hockey legend Alex Ovechkin used his fists to keep the dream of another Stanley Cup triumph alive as the Washington captain threw down with his younger rival, putting the rookie in his place when he dared to square up with the 33-year-old.

In a scary brawl featuring two unlikely foes in Ovechkin — the grizzly future Hall of Famer and Svechnikov, the Carolina Hurricanes’ 19-year-old wunderkind trying to follow in The Great 8’s footsteps — the elder Russian won in a knockout fashion that would leave even Mike Tyson speechless.



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Seinfeld star David Puddy steals the show at NHL match

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There goes the Devils’ modest winning streak.

Bryan Rust scored a tiebreaking goal midway through the second period and the Penguins continued their playoff push and avoided the embarrassment of being swept by the lowly Devils with a 4-3 victory on Tuesday night at Prudential Center in Newark, despite the fact the character David Puddy of “Seinfeld” fame was in attendance.

“Puddy”, played by US actor Patrick Warburton, was made famous in an episode of the iconic sitcom where painted his face in Devils colours in an episode and shouted: “We’re the Devils.”

Over 20 years on, the joke hasn’t died down.

Warburton dropped the puck before the game in a ceremonial opening to the night, but the real moment that sent mouths running was the TV star’s slip-up on the ice as he exited the rink.



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Artemi Panarin ‘s**t his pants’, says Columbus Blue Jackets coach

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Too much information, coach. TMI.

We doubt Gordon Bombay ever had the urge to go into great detail when talking about the bowel movements of the Mighty Ducks but John Tortorella decided to go where nobody really wanted him to today.

The coach of NHL side the Columbus Blue Jackets was in no mood for mincing his words when quizzed about why star forward Artemi Panarin wasn’t suiting up for the clash against the Montreal Canadiens.

Panarin has been the subject of intense trade speculation in recent days as he wants to explore free agency this coming winter. The Blue Jackets need to decide whether they use him as trade bait to lure another player to the franchise before the February 25 deadline, or hold onto him for a run towards the playoffs knowing full well he’s a huge chance of leaving at season’s end.

His absence from the ice against the Canadiens fuelled speculation there’d been a development in his personal situation but Tortorella was adamant there was nothing sinister about the move.

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