USOC statement regarding NHL's decision on PyeongChang

The following United States Olympic Committee statement regarding the NHL's decision not to participate in the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 is attributable to Patrick Sandusky, chief external affairs officer:

“We’re disappointed that the NHL has decided not to participate and feel for the players who were looking forward to the Games. That said, we’re confident USA Hockey will build the best-possible team to compete and win in PyeongChang.”