The best ice hockey players in the world will be missing from the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang after the National Hockey League said it will not allow players to go to the Games.

 

"We now consider the matter officially closed," an NHL statement said.

 

The owners of the league's 30 clubs are unhappy at having to halt the season for three weeks for the Games. The NHL had been seeking concessions from the International Olympic Committee to compensate it for interrupting its season but will now not schedule a mid-season break for the Games.

 

It had been in long-running talks with the IOC and NHL Players' Association as well as the International Ice Hockey Federation, which had offered to cover travel and insurance costs for NHL players as a concession to the league.

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