|Gary Bettman -
Bettman and his NHL cronies have put league before country in their
decision to force NHL players to stay away from Olympic ice if that player's
NHL team is scheduled to play on the same day.
Bettman upheld a
complaint filed by an anonymous NHL team , which wanted Marco Sturm in the
Sharks lineup when San Jose faced Carolina on Sunday night.
goaltender Arturs Irbe was kept out of Latvia's win over Slovakia because of
the NHL ruling.
"Disappointing doesn't describe how I feel," Irbe said.
"I feel devastated. You have such high hopes to do something like this and you
want to make your team the best."
The NHL will take an Olympic break
for 12 days following Wednesday's games. Several players arranged to travel
back and forth between their NHL teams and Salt Lake City to participate in the
qualifying tournament, which began Saturday, as long as it did not intergere
with their NHL schedule.