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 is not going to go to the Beijing Olympics, ESPN reported Tuesday, citing a number of sources.
Gamers had began to bitter on the potential of attending given the quarantine necessities if a participant examined optimistic for COVID-19 on the Olympics. It will 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 present 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 concerning the chance of a optimistic take a look at on the Olympics — particularly since it should come shortly after All-Star weekend in Las Vegas.
Whereas the choice has not been made official, the ESPN report indicated it might be formally introduced later Tuesday or Wednesday. As for who would change NHL gamers on the Olympic rosters, that’s not fully clear. In 2018, the rosters have been comprised largely of gamers who have been enjoying abroad.