And yet, what happens if the NHL and IOC can’t find a good solution in 2022? Not having professional hockey players on the biggest stage in the world feels disingenuous to the sport and its growth. The NHL’s owners clearly don’t like having to be the only major North American professional sports league to stop their season — and their revenue — midseason. Players get injured and impact playoff rosters. The schedule is compacted.
Jimmy Smith Elite Jersey The best solution seems to be to take all that out of the equation by moving to the Summer Olympics. The NHL season can go on as scheduled and the owners can get paid. Players get injured, but attempting to play for the postseason instead. Teams get bye weeks that regulate the standings and don’t suffocate the schedule.
It would mean torpedoing the World Cup of Hockey, but considering the lack of casual fan interest and failure to bring in half its expected profits it might not be that hard of a decision to make.
Garrett Celek Elite Jersey But that’s still weird. Because football’s ideological war over the rightness or wrongness of technology may not quite be at the fevered pitch of Computer Nerds vs. The Barbarians, but it’s not far off.
Broadly speaking, those in favor point — with some justification — to the fact that being or assisting a referee is a monumentally difficult business. It requires an individual to make split second interpretations of complex rules while running around quite a lot. At higher levels, this is soundtracked by thousands of people loudly questioning their competence, their neutrality, and their parentage; at lower, it’s just the few hundred. And the players, either way.