Vladimir Tarasenko

Ovechkin, NHL players grudgingly accept Olympic absence

After being outspoken about going to the 2018 Winter Olympics no matter the consequences, even Alex Ovechkin has given up and turned his attention to the Beijing Games in 2022.

The Washington Capitals' Russian superstar acknowledged the door is closed on him and other NHL players playing in South Korea in February, the result of the league's decision to skip the Olympics for the first time since 1994. With the International Ice Hockey Federation not allowing any player with an NHL contract to participate, Ovechkin has begrudgingly acknowledged that his Olympic hopes are on hold.

"It is still my dream to win an Olympic gold medal for my country," Ovechkin said in...