During his 13-year National Hockey League (NHL) career he played with the Edmonton Oilers, Philadelphia Flyers, Phoenix Coyotes, Ottawa Senators, New York Islanders, and the Pittsburgh Penguins.He retired in early 2012 after undergoing hip surgery for the third time.
Here's a primer on where things stand and what's at stake. Then, in June, the league unveiled its 2017-18 regular-season schedule, with no Olympic break built in. Some of the league's biggest stars -- Henrik Lundqvist, Connor Mc David, Alex Ovechkin, Carey Price, Jonathan Toews -- have publicly expressed disappointment about not playing in the Olympics. But keep in mind that this loyalty isn't just to their own team. They travel across the state, or even the country, every other weekend to play. But hockey was their first love and will always matter the most. To a hockey player, the teammates that stand beside them everyday will always be brothers or sisters. No party, no class, no date night will ever matter more.3. I realize this doesn't sound like such a bad thing. Don't get me wrong, it's not that hockey players are incapable of loving anything else.Jonathan Toews (Canada) and Henrik Lundqvist (Sweden) -- already Olympic heroes for their respective countries -- have publicly expressed their disappointment about the NHL's decision to skip the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.NHL players have competed in the past five Winter Olympics, dating to 1998.Edmonton Oilers goaltender Grant Fuhr, Toronto Maple Leafs forward Rick Vaive, Montreal Canadiens star Jacques Lemaire, North Stars players Lou Nanne and Dennis Hextall all endured bouts of gunk during their NHL careers.