Dec 22, 2021

NHL will not send players to Beijing Olympics

The NHL season has been disrupted since mid-December by a raft of postponementsIt follows disruption to the regular NHL season because of a surge in Covid-19 cases. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said "Olympic participation is no longer feasible" with 50 league games postponed up to 23 December. The Games are scheduled to begin in China on 4 February, 2022.Without the NHL's stars, national teams at the Olympics will resemble those that featured at the Pyeongchang Winter Games four years ago. With the time difference between South Korea and North America, many of the matches at the 2018 Games were played in the middle of the night for US audiences, and the NHL felt it was not right to put its league on hold for three weeks and allow its players to go to Pyeongchang. The NHL and players union had agreed to send athletes to the 2022 and 2026 Winter Olympics unless league seasons were impacted by Covid.

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