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REPORT: Connor McDavid and agent Allan Walsh CALL OUT the NHL after successful World Baseball Classic

Published March 22, 2023 at 7:28 PM
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The World Baseball Championship game took place yesterday, with Japan as the underdog winning against the USA by 3-2. The match was a gripping display of the sport's best players and teammates, Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout, emphasizing the importance and thrill of international baseball.

Allan Walsh now wonders why hockey hasn't had such a moment.



Unfortunately, NHL players have been unable to participate in international competition due to the actions of Gary Bettman. Since 2010, players have been barred from the Olympics, and while the World Cup of Hockey in 2016 was exciting, it cannot match the true best-on-best international hockey. Bettman's decision to block player participation stems from concerns about injuries raised by team owners and General Managers.


Despite being the best player in the world at 26 years old, Connor McDavid has not played for his country since the World Juniors Tournament when he was only 17 years old. As Walsh points out, this absence of best-on-best competition is a missed opportunity for everyone, depriving fans of a spectacular event and denying players and countries the chance to compete at the highest level. Best-on-best hockey is a meaningful event that promotes the growth of hockey globally.

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