Ovechkin says he'll play in 2018 Olympics regardless of NHL participation

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Alex Ovechkin is planning to be in Pyeongchang, South Korea in February 2018.

The Washington Capitals and Russian superstar wants to play in the Olympics:

On Wednesday, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said talks between the NHL, NHLPA, IOC, and IIHF about NHL players' participation at the 2018 games are "radio silent."

The NHL and NHLPA have their hands full right now with the World Cup of Hockey, and it's clear the league and players are bent on making the event a success. The next installment will take place in 2020, further clouding the NHL's future at the Olympics.

Regardless, Ovechkin's going.

"He loves playing in the Olympics," LeBrun added.

Ovechkin had a goal and an assist in five games at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Russia was bounced in the quarterfinals, in what was a disappointing showing at home.

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