Gary Bettman: Concessions needed for NHL to go to Olympics



The International Olympic Committee and hockey’s governing body will have to make concessions before the NHL sends the world’s best players to the Winter Games in South Korea next year, commissioner Gary Bettman said Friday.

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Bettman made it clear at a breakfast with Chicago business leaders that league owners don’t want to stop their season for three weeks again and put their stars at risk of injury without what they consider a tangible return.

The reluctance is not new, but the NHL has participated in every Winter Olympics since 1998….