yeah, ice hockey is nice. But i don't know man... Spain sucks so hard at winter sports. We have lots of ski/winter resorts around the Pyrenees and Sierra Nevada and yet, we have never won a single medal.
It's all about the $$$ what I've heard. There's something about the NHL not willing to pay for the player's insurances while they're off representing their national teams instead of the clubs. The clubs and the league want the IIHF and the olympic federation or whatever it's called to pay the insurance (and probably a hefty sum on top of that too) so that if for example a player is injured the clubs don't have to cover the costs of this. The NHL is basically refusing to allow it's product (the players) to go play while not representing the league and risk being hurt unless the potential costs of this is covered and the IIHF probably can't afford to do this every 4th year. There's probably alot more to it aswell but this is the little I've heard.