The Winter Olympics give hockey fans a rare chance to see the best players in the NHL out on the ice together. How often do you get to see Sidney Crosby feeding Steven Stamkos the puck for a one-timer? Or Evgeni Malkin and Alex Ovechkin terrorizing the likes of Shea Weber or Ryan Suter?
Unless you count the All-Star game—which is really just a big chance for the NHL to schmooze ad executives and sponsors and give them more autographed memorabilia than they can handle—this rarely occurs.
While there are several strong arguments against sending NHL players to the Olympics every four years, the chance to see these generational talents skating alongside one another is just too good to pass up.
Even for "business-side" folks like Gary Bettman.