It’s wanting an increasing number of possible that NHL gamers gained’t head to China for the 2022 Beijing Olympics after COVID-19 made its approach by means of a number of organizations, together with Bruce Cassidy’s Boston Bruins.
It was possible gamers resembling Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand would symbolize Group Canada in China, whereas David Pastrnak already was named to Group Czech Republic. Cassidy was named as an assistant coach for Canada for the primary time to symbolize his residence nation, however he is aware of the choice is out of his management.
“I do know there’s some dialogue whether or not the gamers are going or not and clearly, as I stated earlier than, to symbolize your nation is an honor with the most effective gamers on this planet. You’re enjoying towards the most effective gamers on this planet, you’re round the most effective athletes on this planet the entire entirety of it, for me, reminiscences you’d always remember,” Cassidy stated over Zoom on Tuesday. “However I don’t know in the event that they’re going to go or not. Like I stated, there was discussions about staying again. I don’t know the place that’s at. … However we’re planning on persevering with to organize till we’re instructed otherwise.”
Experiences surfaced Tuesday that the NHL and its gamers’ affiliation came to a decision to not ship gamers abroad.
“Sure, I’ve heard the rumblings. I’d be very disenchanted. I’ve by no means been, as most individuals haven’t,” Cassidy stated. “I used to be actually wanting ahead to it. … Till we hear from the NHL and Doug Armstrong, in our case, who’s the overall supervisor for Group Canada, we’re going to hope they discover a strategy to get it finished. If not, then hopefully down the street there will likely be one other alternative.”
For older gamers like Bergeron, 2022 stands out as the final probability to play within the Olympics.
On the finish of the day, the Bruins are targeted on getting wholesome and (hopefully) returning to sport motion Dec. 27 towards the Pittsburgh Penguins at TD Backyard.