Thursday, September 17, 2009

REASON #39
He's ALL FOR the Olympics

Sid was recently asked about whether or not NHL players should be allowed to play in the Olympics and to paraphrase his answer, he said that he believes that they should play especially since it's not an every year event and that the Olympics is about the best athletes in the world, so why not let them play.

I agree completely, Sid (of course!)!!

7 comments:

EHisCDN said...

I completely agree as well! I live for the olympics, and especially that they're in Canada this year (if the Canadian mens team doesn't win, well...)

Cat said...

I would be crushed if the NHL forbid players to go to the Olympics. It really is about the best athletes in the world. And the best of the best (or at least the majority) in hockey are in the NHL. While there will never be a team like the US team in 1980 again, I still can't imagine not seeing familiar faces out on the ice. I hope during the next CBA they negotiate to continue the players involvement in the Olympics.

EHisCDN said...

I would boycott the NHL if they did that. It's not fair to anyone. The players work their entire lives for this (well maybe not to go to the Olympics specifically, like in many other sports where that is THE event). I can't think of anything more gratifying than playing for the team you love.

It's also not fair to the fans, for obvious reasons.

thegirlblogger said...

I honestly think that NHL players shouldn't play in the Olympics, other sports do not allow professionals to participate, so why not sweep all the sports from professional players (basketball included!) and enforce the rule for all countries. Our NHL players get amazing recognition and ice time with their own teams, let's push younger players that play for universities step up to the plate and show us what they've got.

Cat said...

@thegirlblogger - I must disagree with you. First of all professional athletes for both baseball and basketball DO participate in the Olympics. The only reason football players don't is because American football is not a sport in the Olympics. Secondly, it is not university players that play for other countries. Teams that win medals are pulling players from their elite teams in their countries. Lastly, I think fans really love to see their team's players in the Olympics. I know that I and my friends all do. It's wonderful to see players we know out there representing our country. I don't know what the NHL will do, but I'm not alone in absolutely wanting NHL players to play in the Olympics, regardless of their country.

Stephanie said...

@thegirlblogger and @Cat -- you BOTH make very valid points, but I think I'll have to side with Cat on this one (well said, Cat!)!!

THANKS TO ALL for the great comments!!

EHisCDN said...

I would also like to point out that there is the World Juniors hockey championship for up and coming hockey players (IMO not many NHL to be players even make it to university before they are drafted). For basketball as well there is the NCAA championships (March Madness!).
The olympics is also only once every 4 years, so not many university students would even get exposure.