Just over two-and-a-half weeks ago, the American Hockey League allowed players in their league to go to South Korea for the Winter Olympics next February.

The only thing left unanswered was whether the NHL would allow players who are on their contracts in the AHL & ECHL to play in the competition. On Monday, USA Hockey and the National Hockey League gave us our answer.

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly told the Associated Press Monday that players on contract in the AHL & ECHL will not be able to attend the games. This means that players on two-way deals and those who were assigned to the AHL & ECHL clubs will not be available to the United States, Canada, or other national teams.

Also, this could potentially increase the number of players on strictly AHL & ECHL deals who play for national teams.

The games will open on February 9 and run through February 25, but players on AHL contracts would be allowed to go over starting February 5.

We’ll continue to follow the story as it develops.

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