Sidney Crosby 'disappointed' about Olympics decision, unsure if he'll go

Canada’s <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nhl/players/3737/" data-ylk="slk:Sidney Crosby">Sidney Crosby</a> (87) celebrates with Scott Niedermayer (27) after making the game-winning goal in the overtime period of a men’s gold medal ice hockey game against USA at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010. Canada won 3-2. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)
Canada’s Sidney Crosby (87) celebrates with Scott Niedermayer (27) after making the game-winning goal in the overtime period of a men’s gold medal ice hockey game against USA at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010. Canada won 3-2. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

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.

[Follow Puck Daddy on social media: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Tumblr]

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.”


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.”


[Join a Yahoo Daily Fantasy Hockey contest now]

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.

MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY:

What to Read Next