Winter Olympics 2018: Why the NHL must send its players to South Korea

US Ryan Mcdonagh (R) celebrates with his teammate TJ Oshie after scoring a goal during the Men's Ice Hockey Group A match between Slovenia and USA at the Shayba Arena during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 16, 2014. AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRAND        (Photo credit should read JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images)

The NHL is making a huge mistake if they don’t support their players going to the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Hockey fans live for the best players in the world taking on each other. It’s not a secret players live for it too. They also love representing their countries, as for some players, their duty to their country is very important. The NHL, however, doesn’t feel the same way.

“If the status quo remains, I don’t expect us to be in the Olympics,” said deputy commissioner bill Daly, via Yahoo Sports. “As of right now, there’s not a will [to participate].”

If there’s not a will to participate, it sure isn’t from the players. The NHLPA has been standing by its players as some of the biggest stars desire to play in the 2018 Olympics.