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Wayne Gretzky says the NHL ought to once more permit its gamers to compete within the Winter Olympics as a result of sending the world’s high ice hockey gamers is “always much better for everyone.”

Speaking to The Associated Press on Thursday, the National Hockey League’s all-time main scorer stated he hopes the league and gamers’ affiliation can “somehow figure this out” throughout upcoming talks.

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Unwilling to interrupt up the season, the NHL barred its gamers from taking part in on this 12 months’s Winter Games at Pyeongchang, South Korea.

It’s not clear whether or not the league will change its stance for the 2022 Games to be hosted by Beijing.

“I really think it’s a real special stage. There’s something really unique and special about playing for your country and there’s nothing bigger than playing for your country in the Olympic Games,” Gretzky stated.

Wayne Gretzky waves to the group after lighting the Olympic cauldron in the course of the opening ceremonies on the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver on Friday Feb. 12, 2010.

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“So, you know with the Winter Olympics being here in China, it would be so wonderful for our sport worldwide and for the people of China to see the best players in the world on centre stage.”

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Olympic ice hockey would nonetheless be thrilling with out the NHL, giving followers an opportunity to see the most effective youthful gamers on the earth, he stated, however added: “There’s a different level. If we can send the best players in the game it’s always much better for everyone.”

He was in Beijing in his position as international ambassador for Beijing’s two-year-old Kunlun Red Star of the Russia-based Kontinental Hockey League.

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Though he stated it might take years to really set up ice hockey in China, he likened an area Winter Olympics to the catalyzing impact of the game taking off within the U.S. following the underdog American group’s well-known win over the Soviet Union on the 1980 Games at Lake Placid.

Canada’s normal supervisor Wayne Gretzky watches his group observe on the Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2002.

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“So I think the Red Star Kunlun team and what they’re doing, along with the Winter Olympics in 2022, that hopefully will jumpstart this sport of ours,” he stated. “And 30-40 years from now, we’ll look back and say, ‘You know what? That’s where we started and that’s where we were and that’s where we are today.’”

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Gretzky may even attend a preseason sport between the Boston Bruins and Calgary Flames within the southern metropolis of Shenzhen, marking the second consecutive 12 months the NHL has performed in China.

A Summer Olympics superpower, China is spending closely to advertise hockey and different winter sports activities in hopes of leaving its mark on the Winter Games.

Gretzky declined to select a favorite for this season’s Stanley Cup winner, citing the excessive degree of parity between the groups. At least 12 of the league’s 24 groups have a shot at profitable, he stated.

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Gretzky expressed explicit hopes for the Edmonton Oilers, with whom he received 4 Stanley Cups, and their star Connor McDavid.

Assuming he has the best teammates, “there’s no question in my mind that one day, Connor will lift a Stanley Cup. Hopefully it happens this year for us, but he’s still young in his career.”

Edmonton Oilers’ Connor McDavid skates on the ice as he takes half in a drill in the course of the 2018 BioSteel Pro Hockey Camp in Toronto on Monday, Aug. 27, 2018.

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