There is a slight possibility that Latvia couldn’t even make till September 1st, 2016, due to lack of the men on ice. If you ask, where could they be if not on the ice in so important moment? The answer is simple, they could be playing in 9th KHL season: ·
- 2015-16 KHL season where already 24 Latvian players have played at least one game started in August 24th;
- 2014-15 season started in September 3rd;
- 2013-14 season started in September 4th;
- 2012-13 season started in September 4th.
- Belarus – 32 players in KHL;
- Kazakhstan – 25 players in KHL.
- Denmark – 4 players;
- Slovenia – 4 players;
- Germany – 1 player;
- France – 1 player;
- Norway – 1 player.
Previous qualification tournaments for Winter Olympic Games
International breaks for this and two next seasons(2):
- 2001 qualification tournament was played between 8-11 February;
- 2005 qualification tournament was played from 10-13 February;
- 2009 qualification tournament was played from 5-9 February;
- 2013 qualification tournament was played in 7-10 February.
OK, calm down, I’ve read that this was done with the intention to assemble the best possible roster (read NHL players) for every National team. Sounds awesome right? Wait, but still I haven’t read about NHL player participation in 2018 Winter Olympic Games. It’s because there isn’t any deal made so far between NHL, NHLPA, IOC, South Korea Olympic Organizing Committee and the IIHF (NHL participation in Olympics still to be decided). But IIHF wants to see NHL players to participate in Winter Olympic Game qualification round? All right, why not, but I have some questions:
- If there are no deals about NHL player participation in Winter Olympic Games, why final qualification round is set to start on the September 1st?
- Would any NHL team allow their player to participate in such tournament if the new 2016-17 season would start after the month?
- If NHL allows player to participate, who will pay for the insurance which could be much larger due to the fact that new 2016-17 NHL season would after the month?
- Would NHL player risk getting injury before season which could affect his place in his NHL team line-up?
- The tournament doesn't happens in international break, why to create the conflict between European hockey leagues and IIHF?
Fasel says "our goal is to bring the NHL to Korea," but he adds that it is a "long process" and "will not be easy." The IIHF must reach a deal with NHL officials, the NHL Players' Association and the International Olympic Committee. Insurance for player injuries is a perennial sticking point. For the last Winter Olympics in Sochi, a deal was reached seven months before the games. (3)"