In a perfect world, most NHL gamers would go to the Olympics. And whereas the NHL is amenable to that, issues are mounting.
COVID-19 outbreaks are making their approach by means of a number of NHL groups, and recent reports about COVID-19 tips appear to be scaring some gamers off — or on the very least giving them pause. Mainly, if a participant assessments optimistic whereas in China, they’d be topic to a 3-to-5-week quarantine. That may maintain them away from their households and their groups throughout key moments of the season.
So, it’s a double-edged sword. Gamers who need to play on the most important stage, however not essentially on the expense of probably placing their households or crew in danger.
“Before everything, I feel for me the final two Olympics had been particular occasions and I’ve wonderful recollections of it and it’s one thing I’ll cherish for the remainder of my life,” Bruins captain Patrice Bergeron, who’s a shoo-in for Workforce Canada, mentioned Tuesday. “That’s one factor, as an athlete you need to compete towards the very best, and for those who do have that chance, clearly, you need to symbolize your nation. It’s regarding once you hear concerning the 3-to-5 week quarantine, having to remain again and keep in China, so I feel there are loads of questions proper now that should be answered.
“As an athlete, I feel you’re torn, as a result of clearly you need to be there, and as I mentioned, it’s the most important sports activities occasion on the planet. That being mentioned, it’s a distinct state of affairs and a distinct 12 months, you need to be sure to have all of the solutions earlier than you possibly can actually reply that query.”
The Bruins may have a number of representatives on the Olympics. Bruce Cassidy is on Canada’s teaching employees, and Bergeron and Brad Marchand are locks to make the crew. Charlie McAvoy all however definitely will get the decision for Workforce USA, whereas David Pastrnak already has been named to the Czech Republic crew. There are some extra distant choices, like Linus Ullmark and Jakub Zboril, as properly.
Chatter about if it’s the precise thought to go seems to be ramping up in dressing rooms throughout the league.