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2026 Olympic Games: NHL presence could be announced today
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In the early afternoon, Gary Bettman will appear before reporters.

The National Hockey League commissioner will of course be grilled on a number of current NHL-related topics, as this will be the perfect opportunity to do so.

The Team Canada junior issue comes to mind. The players can avoid it, but he can’t.

But it won’t all be negative. For example? There will surely be questions about an expansion process and an announcement about an international tournament in 2025, to replace the All-Star Game.

Canada, the United States, Finland and Sweden are expected to cross swords.

As Renaud Lavoie informed us yesterday morning, we can expect Montreal to be included in the news. The journalist raised the possibility of games being held in Montreal and Boston.

And this morning, Frank Seravalli tweeted in the same vein.

We’ll all agree that it’s fun, but we can see that only four nations will be there. And we also agree that it’s not the Olympics either, you know.

What the players want is to go to the Olympics. They grew up dreaming of representing their country in this mythical event, and for the past two editions, the NHL hasn’t been there.

In recent years, there has been some talk that Gary Bettman was looking into not sending his players to the Games in 2026.

But if that’s the case, he’s obviously missed the boat. And why? Because, according to Marc Antoine Godin and Alexandre Gascon (Radio-Canada), we can expect the NHL to confirm that in 2026, the NHL will go to the Olympics.

If confirmed, it will surely be very well received.

Last night, Radio-Canada journalists wrote that negotiations were not over. That said, the tone of the article suggests that, barring a catastrophe, it should happen.

And as I said at the outset, the players will be happy with that. After all, representing your country at the Olympics is the dream of many athletes, and hockey players are no exception.

Such news could also help to keep the lid on the not-so-good news surrounding the league…

In Brief

– Really?

– Speaking of expansion: will Quebec try to have a club in the shadows?

– Interesting. It takes time to make a big deal.

– Nick Suzuki loves Juraj Slafkovsky’s work ethic. [BPM Sports]

– Hey boy.

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