He scored the golden goal back in 2010, and you can bet he was looking forward to the possibility of scoring another one in 2018. But after the NHL decided Monday to withdraw from participation at the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, it looks like Sidney Crosby won’t get the chance.
Unless he takes a page out of Alex Ovechkin’s playbook.
The Washington Capitals superstar has long been vocal on the topic of the Olympics, promising that he’d suit up for Russia in 2018, one way or the other. Crosby, on the other hand, is a little less sure about defying the NHL’s decision.
“I haven’t thought that far ahead, to be honest with you,” Crosby shared with reporters Tuesday morning. “I mean, it’s a difficult situation to be in.”
— Rob Rossi (@RobRossi_upgruv) April 4, 2017
With his Capitals in Toronto on Tuesday to take on the Maple Leafs, Ovechkin found himself fielding a similar line of questioning. He quickly doubled down on his promise, saying the NHL’s decision “didn’t change my mind.”
Alex Ovechkin confirms that he still plans to go to the Olympics. pic.twitter.com/p6bW5PTAG2
— Yahoo Sports NHL (@YahooSportsNHL) April 4, 2017
With the Winter Games less than 12 months away, it remains unclear what the men’s hockey tournament is going to look like. Will players take Ovechkin’s cue and defy the league? Or will the NHL owners prohibit players from attending? Stay tuned.
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