Bruce Cassidy ‘Was Actually Wanting Ahead’ To Teaching At Olympics

It’s wanting increasingly seemingly that NHL gamers gained’t head to China for the 2022 Beijing Olympics after COVID-19 made its approach by means of a number of organizations, together with Bruce Cassidy’s Boston Bruins.

It was seemingly gamers similar to Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand would characterize Crew Canada in China, whereas David Pastrnak already was named to Crew Czech Republic. Cassidy was named as an assistant coach for Canada for the primary time to characterize his dwelling nation, however he is aware of the choice is out of his management.

“I do know there’s some dialogue whether or not the gamers are going or not and clearly, as I stated earlier than, to characterize your nation is an honor with the perfect gamers on the planet. You’re taking part in towards the perfect gamers on the planet, you’re round the perfect athletes on the planet the entire entirety of it, for me, recollections you’d always remember,” Cassidy stated over Zoom on Tuesday. “However I don’t know in the event that they’re going to go or not. Like I stated, there was discussions about staying again. I don’t know the place that’s at. … However we’re planning on persevering with to arrange till we’re informed otherwise.”

Stories surfaced Tuesday that the NHL and its gamers’ affiliation came to a decision to not ship gamers abroad.

“Sure, I’ve heard the rumblings. I’d be very upset. I’ve by no means been, as most individuals haven’t,” Cassidy stated. “I used to be actually wanting ahead to it. … Till we hear from the NHL and Doug Armstrong, in our case, who’s the final supervisor for Crew Canada, we’re going to hope they discover a option to get it executed. If not, then hopefully down the street there can be one other alternative.”

For older gamers like Bergeron, 2022 could be the final likelihood to play within the Olympics.

On the finish of the day, the Bruins are targeted on getting wholesome and (hopefully) returning to recreation motion Dec. 27 towards the Pittsburgh Penguins at TD Backyard.