According to CBC Sports on Sunday, famous Canadian hockey analyst Don Cherry does not believe the National Hockey League will stop its season for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang so its top players will have the opportunity to participate in the Olympic men's hockey competition.
Cherry expressed his opinions during the first intermission of the 2014 Heritage Classic, a game played between the Vancouver Canucks and Ottawa Senators, attended by 55,000 fans at B.C. Place Stadium in Vancouver.
Cherry came from the owners' position, understanding the personal and economic risks they have made to stop the season for two weeks. Cherry himself has been a hockey owner in the past. He was the owner of the Mississauga Ice Dogs of the Ontario Hockey League from 1998-2002.
Cherry's view was not shared by his CBC intermission co-host Ron MacLean, who cited the players' strong interest in representing their countries.
It is too bad Cherry did not walk into the fine Canadian establishments that were packed on Sunday, February 23 at 5 a.m. to see Canada play Sweden for the gold medal in men's hockey. It is interesting to see if he would have had a different view on the proceedings if he was in Canada, and not in Sochi for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.