It seems as if the National Hockey League will allow its players to take a break from regular season action next year – and allow members to join their national teams for the right to play for Gold in Sochi Russia in the 2014 Olympics games.
Tentatively, the #NHL will take their Olympic break from February 9 through 25, 2014. Per IIHF.
— Dmitry Chesnokov (@dchesnokov) May 10, 2013
Much to do about sending players came out of the lockout – the NHL was’t sure if they wanted their players going halfway around the world to play in the games. Player housing, additional housing, injuries, television deals, and time delays were amongst the concerns of players and administrators alike.
Now it seems though as the players who would be eligible to play for their respective countries have won – and will be allowed to go.
Expect the official announcement to come at the conclusion of the IIHF World Championships taking place in Sweden.
If Ryan Miller, Christian Erhoff, Thomas Vanek, Jhonas Enroth, Alexander Sulzer, Tyler Myers and Andrej Sekera are likely candidates to be affected by this announcement – if they are still members of the Buffalo Sabres next year.