It was doubtless that a number of members of the Boston Bruins would signify their residence nation within the 2022 Beijing Olympics in February. However attributable to COVID-19 and a possible five-week quarantine in China ought to somebody check constructive, the NHL determined to not ship its gamers.
David Pastrnak already was a lock to play for Czech Republic, with Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and Charlie McAvoy more likely to be chosen for Crew Canada and Crew USA, respectively.
For McAvoy, whereas he understands the choice, it doesn’t make it any much less disappointing.
“Disappointment, for certain. Undoubtedly somewhat little bit of disappointment,” McAvoy stated over Zoom on Thursday when requested how he felt concerning the determination. “I believe it’s one thing that, if given the chance, I used to be completely going to go. I actually assume I used to be going to get pleasure from each second of it. I’ve dreamed of that for a very long time. So, disappointing. That’s actually the one option to describe it. However given the circumstances, it sort of simply is what it’s.
“All people on the Bruins, all of our teammates that I believe had anticipated going or planning on having that likelihood, I believe everyone’s fairly saddened by it. I believe it was unanimous, all of us actually needed to go.”
Pastrnak echoed McAvoy’s sentiments, calling it “powerful.”
“I’m clearly pissed off, unhappy,” Pastrnak stated. “It’s simply powerful. I’ve stated many instances, I do know that for European gamers, rising up as a child, that’s your dream, to make it. It’s very unhappy that that is technically the second Olympics in a row that you just’re lacking as a participant.