BOBBY BUTLER GETS SURPRISE CALL-UP

BOBBY BUTLER GETS SURPRISE CALL-UP

The PyeongChang Winter Olympics in South Korea start in February, and it would be the 30-year-old’s first appearance at the competition. Butler, who plays in the American Hockey League (AHL), got the call-up after the National Hockey League (NHL) decided not to schedule a mid-season break for the Olympics. They also prevented any player with an active NHL contract from going – meaning players from the league will not attend the games for the first time since 1994.

 

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has said the decisions “must be a huge disappointment for the players” – but for Butler and others it presents a wonderful opportunity.

 

Chris Peters, an analyst for ESPN, also said "I know we’re a little down on the Olympics without the NHL, but these are the kinds of moments that make me so happy for the players selected. The Olympic dream was dead for a lot of these guys. You know they’ll battle every day for the crest on that jersey."

 

The initial US Olympic roster includes “semi-retired” former NHL star Brian Gionta as captain, three players from the AHL including Butler, five from Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League, five from Switzerland’s National League A, three from the Swedish Hockey League and two from multiple levels of Germany’s Deutsche Eishockey Liga.

 

source: www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk

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