It was doubtless that a number of members of the Boston Bruins would signify their dwelling nation within the 2022 Beijing Olympics in February. However attributable to COVID-19 and a possible five-week quarantine in China ought to somebody check optimistic, the NHL determined to not ship its gamers.
David Pastrnak already was a lock to play for Czech Republic, with Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and Charlie McAvoy more likely to be chosen for Workforce Canada and Workforce USA, respectively.
For McAvoy, whereas he understands the choice, it doesn’t make it any much less disappointing.
“Disappointment, for certain. Undoubtedly a little bit little bit of unhappiness,” McAvoy stated over Zoom on Thursday when requested how he felt in regards to the resolution. “I feel it’s one thing that, if given the chance, I used to be completely going to go. I actually suppose I used to be going to take pleasure in each second of it. I’ve dreamed of that for a very long time. So, disappointing. That’s actually the one approach to describe it. However given the circumstances, it type of simply is what it’s.
“All people on the Bruins, all of our teammates that I feel had anticipated going or planning on having that probability, I feel all people’s fairly saddened by it. I feel it was unanimous, all of us actually wished to go.”
Pastrnak echoed McAvoy’s sentiments, calling it “powerful.”
“I’m clearly annoyed, unhappy,” Pastrnak stated. “It’s simply powerful. I’ve stated many instances, I do know that for European gamers, rising up as a child, that’s your dream, to make it. It’s very unhappy that that is technically the second Olympics in a row that you simply’re lacking as a participant.