For days, issues had been trending within the route of NHL gamers not going to the 2022 Olympics.
It seems that will, certainly, be the case.
The NHL and NHLPA agreed that NHL gamers won’t go to the Beijing Olympics, ESPN reported Tuesday, citing a number of sources.
Gamers had began to bitter on the opportunity of attending given the quarantine necessities if a participant examined constructive for COVID-19 on the Olympics. It could be a compulsory three-to-five-week quarantine, which might maintain gamers away from their households and groups for essential weeks of the NHL season.
The pause to NHL video games at the moment in place amid is sharp rise in COVID instances over the past week-plus hasn’t helped the trigger. Not solely will that complicate the schedule for the remainder of the season, but additionally might add some concern in regards to the probability of a constructive check on the Olympics — particularly since it would come shortly after All-Star weekend in Las Vegas.
Whereas the choice has not been made official, the ESPN report indicated it could possibly be formally introduced later Tuesday or Wednesday. As for who would substitute NHL gamers on the Olympic rosters, that’s not solely clear. In 2018, the rosters have been comprised largely of gamers who have been enjoying abroad.