Which major sports league is not participating in the upcoming 2018 winter Olympics?
Answer: The NHL
The National Hockey League will not be participating in the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. As noted by SB Nation this means “national teams from USA, Canada, Sweden, and other countries will need to mine the NCAA, European leagues, and minor leagues in order to fill their rosters for the upcoming tournament. Other than Russia, which will turn to top KHL players, these teams will be filled with prospects, journeymen, and other relative unknowns.”
In early April the league release their 2017-2018 schedule, showing no breaks for the Pyeongchang games, saying the “matter was officially closed.” With that said PyeongChang 2018 president Lee Hee-Beom is not giving up on NHL participation and told Yonhap News in June he “thinks the NHL is trying to take an upper hand in the negotiation” adding that “it’s premature to say definitively that the NHL will not participate.” In any event USA hockey pushed forward by naming its management and coaching staff for the tournament in early August. Wisconsin head coach Tony Granato will lead the charge, which makes sense given the fact that the roster will most likely be stacked with top college prospects.
If Russia is pulling prospects from its professional league and they happen to meet a bunch of 18-20 year old college kids from the US on the Korean peninsula get ready for the media to cover that game like the second coming of the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid. Given the current string of macroeconomic events, they might not be too far off.