think you got that backward.
Olympic hockey - the best players in the world - bigger ice surface so their skills are more evident, every game is the playoffs - and after the eliminations
all games are like the 7th of a series. Plus the players are playing for their country rather than a pay cheque.
Sorry, but these days the pay check is far more incentive than your country of origin....
The Olympics have lost there way
Tell that to the Russian Men's Hockey team.
The incentive is obviously much greater for the host country.
And you don't think the Canadian team would absolutely hate to lose a tournament in the sport they invented?
if the NHL will not agree to be part of the next next Olympics watch how many players decide to go anyway and will play elsewhere that
year. to make it happen Even if the paycheques might not be as good.