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Players react negatively to NHL’s decision to skip 2018 Olympics

“Way to ruin the sport of hockey even more, Gary.”

Ice Hockey Gold Medal - Sweden v Canada Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

NHL players aren’t going to the 2018 Olympics, but it’s not like they had a choice.

The league itself made that decision yesterday after months of speculation. The NHL Players’ Association made a strong statement of rebuke, but players themselves are getting pretty vocal about their displeasure on social media as well. And you just knew reporters would ask every prominent player about it after games yesterday.

Here’s a brief roundup of all the player and coach reactions so far, from both current and retired players.

Lightning GM and former Red Wings great Steve Yzerman expressed his displeasure to the Tampa Bay Times.

Even more players sound off about the decision on Tuesday.

Jonathan Toews even broke out the dreaded “lockout” word.

We’ll update this post as they come in. This saga is far from over.