SOCHI, Russia (AP) The head of ice hockey's international body says there is a strong possibility that NHL players won't be competing at the next Winter Olympics.
International Ice Hockey Federation president Rene Fasel puts the chances at 60 percent that the NHL will decline to go to the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, because of a lack of money to cover player insurance.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Fasel said the IOC has canceled its contribution to player travel and insurance costs for Pyeongchang, leaving the IIHF facing a $10 million shortfall and "begging" for money around the world.
Ice hockey at the Olympics has changed plenty since it made its debut outdoors at the Winter Games in 1924. Rules have been modified, the format has changed and amendments have been introduced to allow professionals to compete. While the basics of the game remain constant in North America and throughout the rest of the world, many differences will be noticed at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi. The best players in the world will compete under international rules. Take a look at the game's history along with how the game differs between North American and international competition, from rink dimensions to fighting tolerance.