It’s trying increasingly possible that NHL gamers gained’t head to China for the 2022 Beijing Olympics after COVID-19 made its means by way of a number of organizations, together with Bruce Cassidy’s Boston Bruins.
It was possible gamers resembling Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand would signify Workforce Canada in China, whereas David Pastrnak already was named to Workforce Czech Republic. Cassidy was named as an assistant coach for Canada for the primary time to signify his dwelling 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 mentioned earlier than, to signify your nation is an honor with one of the best gamers on this planet. You’re taking part in towards one of the best gamers on this planet, you’re round one of the best athletes on this planet the entire entirety of it, for me, reminiscences you’d always remember,” Cassidy mentioned over Zoom on Tuesday. “However I don’t know in the event that they’re going to go or not. Like I mentioned, there was discussions about staying again. I don’t know the place that’s at. … However we’re planning on persevering with to arrange till we’re informed in another way.”
Stories 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 upset. I’ve by no means been, as most individuals haven’t,” Cassidy mentioned. “I used to be actually trying ahead to it. … Till we hear from the NHL and Doug Armstrong, in our case, who’s the overall supervisor for Workforce Canada, we’re going to hope they discover a option to get it performed. If not, then hopefully down the street there shall be one other alternative.”
For older gamers like Bergeron, 2022 often is the final likelihood to play within the Olympics.
On the finish of the day, the Bruins are centered on getting wholesome and (hopefully) returning to recreation motion Dec. 27 towards the Pittsburgh Penguins at TD Backyard.