In a super world, most NHL gamers would go to the Olympics. And whereas the NHL is amenable to that, problems are mounting.
COVID-19 outbreaks are making their method 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. Principally, if a participant checks optimistic whereas in China, they might be topic to a 3-to-5-week quarantine. That might preserve them away from their households and their groups throughout key moments of the season.
So, it’s a double-edged sword. Gamers who need to play on the largest stage, however not essentially on the expense of probably placing their households or staff 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 Staff Canada, stated Tuesday. “That’s one factor, as an athlete you need to compete towards the very best, and in case you do have that chance, clearly, you need to symbolize your nation. It’s regarding once you hear in regards to the 3-to-5 week quarantine, having to remain again and keep in China, so I believe there are a whole lot of questions proper now that have to be answered.
“As an athlete, I believe you’re torn, as a result of clearly you need to be there, and as I stated, it’s the largest sports activities occasion on the earth. That being stated, it’s a distinct state of affairs and a distinct 12 months, you need to ensure you have all of the solutions earlier than you’ll be able to actually reply that query.”
The Bruins may have a number of representatives on the Olympics. Bruce Cassidy is on Canada’s teaching employees, and Bergeron and Brad Marchand are locks to make the staff. Charlie McAvoy all however definitely will get the decision for Staff USA, whereas David Pastrnak already has been named to the Czech Republic staff. There are some extra distant choices, like Linus Ullmark and Jakub Zboril, as properly.
Chatter about if it’s the correct concept to go seems to be ramping up in dressing rooms throughout the league.