NHL, NHLPA agree to have players participate in 2022 Winter Olympics

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The NHL and NHL Players’ Association revealed on Friday that they have actually reached an arrangement with the International Ice Hockey Federation that will consist of a break throughout the 2021-22 NHL routine season. This will enable NHL gamers to take part in the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing if they pick to.

However, the contract likewise enables the possibility for the league to withdraw if COVID-19 conditions intensify and NHL video games prior to the arranged break are impacted.

“We understand how passionate NHL players feel about representing and competing or their countries,” NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly stated. “We are very pleased that we were able to conclude arrangements that will allow them to resume best on best competition on the Olympic stage.”

This will mark the 6th Winter Olympics in which NHL gamers will have the ability to take part. It initially was at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano. The league avoided the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang. 

“Representing their country in the Olympics is important to the players, even in these uncertain times,” NHLPA General Counsel Don Zavelo included. “The players look forward to pulling on their nation’s hockey sweater at the upcoming 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing as they compete for the gold medal.”

If the NHL does wind up holding to the contract and taking part in the Beijing Olympics, it will mark the Olympic debuts for a few of the league’s finest gamers, such as Edmonton Oilers star Connor McDavid (Canada), Boston Bruins forward David Pastrnak (Czech Republic) and Toronto Maple Leafs star Auston Matthews (United States.)

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