In a perfect world, most NHL gamers would go to the Olympics. And whereas the NHL is amenable to that, issues are mounting.
COVID-19 outbreaks are making their manner by a number of NHL groups, and recent reports about COVID-19 pointers appear to be scaring some gamers off — or on the very least giving them pause. Mainly, if a participant exams optimistic whereas in China, they might be topic to a 3-to-5-week quarantine. That may hold them away from their households and their groups throughout key moments of the season.
So, it’s a double-edged sword. Gamers who wish to play on the most important stage, however not essentially on the expense of probably placing their households or group in danger.
“At the beginning, I believe for me the final two Olympics have been particular occasions and I’ve wonderful recollections of it and it’s one thing I’ll cherish for the remainder of my life,” Bruins captain Patrice Bergeron, who’s a shoo-in for Crew Canada, stated Tuesday. “That’s one factor, as an athlete you wish to compete in opposition to the very best, and in case you do have that chance, clearly, you wish to signify your nation. It’s regarding if you hear in regards to the 3-to-5 week quarantine, having to remain again and keep in China, so I believe there are lots of questions proper now that should be answered.
“As an athlete, I believe you’re torn, as a result of clearly you wish to be there, and as I stated, it’s the most important sports activities occasion on this planet. That being stated, it’s a special state of affairs and a special yr, you wish to be sure to have all of the solutions earlier than you may actually reply that query.”
The Bruins may have a number of representatives on the Olympics. Bruce Cassidy is on Canada’s teaching workers, and Bergeron and Brad Marchand are locks to make the group. Charlie McAvoy all however definitely will get the decision for Crew USA, whereas David Pastrnak already has been named to the Czech Republic group. There are some extra distant choices, like Linus Ullmark and Jakub Zboril, as properly.
Chatter about if it’s the proper concept to go seems to be ramping up in dressing rooms throughout the league.