Flyers' Snider rips NHLers taking part in Olympics

Philadelphia Flyers boss Ed Snider ripped the idea of NHLers taking part in the Olympics.

Philadelphia Flyers boss Ed Snider ripped the idea of NHLers taking part in the Olympics.

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Shuttering the National Hockey League for two weeks and sending its best players to the Winter Olympics is “ridiculous,” a marquee NHL owner says.

Philadelphia Flyers boss Ed Snider told reporters he has major problems with the league’s involvement in the Games, comments likely to further talk that Sochi may be the final time NHLers take part.

“Basketball plays in the winter but they play Olympics in the summer,” he’s quoted as telling philly.com. “It’s ridiculous. The whole thing is ridiculous.

“I think it’s ridiculous to take three weeks off, or however long it is, in the middle of the season. It screws everything up . . . There’s no benefit to us whatsoever. If anything, I can only see negatives.”

Lest fans think Snider’s only worried about his wallet, the long-time NHL owner said he believes the Olympic break hurts the league’s competitive balance.

“It’s not good for our fans. It’s not good for our league. It changes the momentum. Everything about it is wrong.”


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