Every four years, it seems like the NHL and IOC play a game of chicken before eventually coming to an agreement that allows NHL players to participate in the Olympics. And every four years, Alex Ovechkin states he will participate, even if there’s no accord reached.
During the World Cup of Hockey, Ovechkin said matter-of-factly he would go to the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics regardless of the NHL’s decision.
On Friday, Caps owner Ted Leonsis threw his support behind Ovechkin in an interview with Sports Illustrated’s Alex Prewitt.
“What’s the worst that could happen?” Leonsis said. “We’ll get fined or something. I hope it doesn’t get to that. But I’ve got to have my captain’s back, and I will.”