NHL players won’t play in 2022 Winter Olympics amid COVID-19 surge

The NHL and NHL Players’ Affiliation agreed Tuesday to not take part in the 2022 Winter Olympics, in accordance with ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski.

Tuesday’s resolution comes following a wave of postponements throughout the NHL. The league introduced Monday it should droop operations from Dec. 2225, and all cross-border matchups across the United States and Canada have been postponed

NHL players didn’t take part in the 2018 Olympics, although they had been slated to play in Beijing in February 2022 as a part of the league’s new collective bargaining settlement. However the present COVID-19 disaster in the league has pressured a change of plans.

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The NHL plans to make use of the scheduled Olympic break in February as a time to make-up postponed video games, per Wyshynski. The NHL All-Star Sport remains to be scheduled for Feb. 5. 

Olympic rosters for international locations impacted by the NHL’s resolution will now be crammed by “a mixture of newbie players and professionals taking part in in leagues exterior of the NHL,” per Wyshynski. The Olympic Athletes from Russia received gold in 2018 in the final video games with out NHL players. 

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