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Wayne Gretzky, Joe Nieuwendyk: NHL players belong in Olympics

February 21, 2014

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Should the NHL continue to allow its players vie for Olympic gold?

With no financial incentive, an interruption in the season schedule and injuries always a risk, the NHL took a long time to decide its players could represent their countries in Sochi.

This year, the league’s fears were realized.

First, Detroit Red Wings and Team Sweden captain Henrik Zetterberg herniated a disc early in the Games, and is now out of the NHL indefinitely following surgery.

Then it was the Islanders turn, as Team Canada member and New York Islanders captain John Tavares went down this week with a torn MCL and meniscus, also ending his NHL season – and invoking a strong reaction from Islanders GM Garth Snow against the IOC and its use of NHL players.

On SiriusXM Olympic Zone, Zig Fracassi and 2010 Team USA men’s hockey captain Jamie Langenbrunner were joined by “The Great One,” Wayne Gretzky, and asked his opinion on whether the NHL should send its players to the Olympics.

Hockey Hall of Famer Joe Nieuwendyk also joined Fracassi and Langenbrunner to chime in on the NHL-Olympic debate.

As the medal round of men’s hockey approaches in Sochi, where do you stand?