SOCHI, Russia (AP) — The end may be in sight for NHL players competing in the Olympics. It all began in 1998 when, for the first time, players from the world’s top professional league took part in the Winter Olympics. For several years, the NHL has been thinking seriously about abandoning the Olympics because several owners are upset at seeing their multimillion-dollar investments playing for free, and sometimes getting injured, while their arenas sit empty for three weeks in February.
The league and players’ union are working to stage a hockey World Cup in 2015, possibly lessening the impact. From all indications, however, most players believe nothing can replace the Olympics.