According to Arthur Staple of the Long Island Newsday on Thursday, it seems that Philadelphia Flyers' owner Ed Snider has a strong supporter in New York Islanders' general manager Garth Snow in his argument opposing the fact that the National Hockey League stopped its season for two weeks for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.
Snow is furious that the Islanders' star player John Tavares of Mississauga, Ontario suffered a season ending medial collateral ligament injury and torn meniscus in Canada's 2-1 victory over Latvia in Wednesday's quarterfinal.
In a statement, Snow stated, " Are the IIHF or IOC going to reimburse our season-ticket holders now? It's a joke," Snow said. "They want all the benefits from NHL players playing in the Olympics and don't want to pay when our best player gets hurt.
"This is probably the biggest reason why NHL players shouldn't be in the Olympics, it should just be amateurs. And it could have happened to anyone; it just happened to be us that lost our best player. A lot of people pay to see John play. It wouldn't matter if we were 10 points clear of a playoff spot or 10 points out. We lost our best player and he wasn't even [injured while] playing for us."
Let's hope this will not be the last time the NHL stops its season for the Olympic Winter Games. The NHLPA has made it clear that they want to participate in future Olympics. The level of play in Sochi has been excellent. The IIHF has also made it clear they want the best players available at future Olympic Winter Games and everyone knows the quality of the play would drop significantly if "amateurs" were only on board.