NHL stars pushing for Olympic participation

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The World Cup is going to be great, but it still won’t be the Olympics.

That’s been the common refrain from the players, as the NHL has yet to commit to sending them to the 2018 Games in South Korea.

“When you ask any athlete in the world, no matter where they are from or what the sport, they all want to be on the Olympic stage,” Zdeno Chara said Tuesday, per the Globe and Mail.

Meanwhile, Jonathan Toews said he’d be “extremely disappointed” if the Olympics were a no-go for NHLers in 2018.

“More than just hockey fans are watching,” Toews said. “It’s huge.”

Alex Ovechkin has vowed to play in the 2018 Olympics, whether there’s an agreement to send NHLers or not.

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