How Bruins Gamers Really feel About NHLers No Longer Attending Olympics

Any shred of hope that may have been remaining for NHL gamers to attend the Olympics was dashed Wednesday, and that impacts a handful of Boston Bruins gamers.

The NHL formally introduced Wednesday that its gamers wouldn’t be attending the Winter Olympics in Beijing this February. It had been trending in that route for a short while, so there was ample time for gamers to arrange for the information. Additional, the writing had been on the wall when the skepticism from some gamers was palpable after it was revealed that gamers who examined optimistic for COVID-19 on the Olympics would have a three-to-five week quarantine.

David Pastrnak had already been named to the Czech Republic group. Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand (Canada), in addition to Charlie McAvoy (United States) have been locks to make their respective international locations’ rosters. Linus Ullmark and Erik Haula have been prone to make Workforce Sweden and Finland, respectively, whereas Taylor Corridor, Matt Grzelcyk and, previous to getting harm, Jakub Zboril all had exterior possibilities.

For guys like Bergeron and Marchand, this may’ve been their final likelihood to play within the Olympics. For McAvoy and Pastrnak, this is able to’ve been their Olympic debuts.

“In simply speaking with plenty of guys main as much as the announcement — with all these video games being canceled and the concern of the Olympics being canceled — they have been upset,” Bruins president Cam Neely mentioned Wednesday over Zoom. “Some gamers, pondering they’re going to make a group, might be their final likelihood to play within the Olympics. I believe it’s disappointing for these guys. And there are others that wish to play for his or her nation, however they actually perceive the circumstances.”

Gamers aren’t allowed to attend the Olympics on a person foundation, and Neely mentioned that he had not heard of any Bruins inquiring about that risk main as much as the choice.

When the NHL and NHLPA ratified the CBA final 12 months, it allowed for NHL participant participation within the Olympics in 2022 in addition to 2026. There was an out, clearly, for 2022 given all the COVID-19 uncertainty, so for these eyeing Olympic participation, they’ll have to attend 4 years.