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NHL WILL PARTICIPATE IN 2022 OLYMPICS

In the newly ratified CBA extension, which was announced along with the declaration of a finalized plan including dates for the playoffs, as well as which two cities would host the playoffs, there was also one more key piece of information that had fans jumping with joy. In 2022, NHL players will be participating in the Olympics again.



In the 2018 Olympic hockey tournament in Pyeongchang, Germany faced "Olympic Athletes from Russia" in the final - a game that OAR ended up winning 4-3. Earlier in that playoff round, fans had seen Germany beat both Sweden and Canada, and seen the Czech Republic eliminate the USA in the quarter-finals. It was an interesting tournament, and one that surpassed the expectations of many, but while the many upsets provided excitement, the tournament left people with questions. Which nation was really the best in the world at hockey, if some teams couldn't use the players they normally would?

In the 2022 tournament, that question will no longer have to be asked. Pending agreements being reached with the International Ice Hockey Federation and the International Olympic Commitee, NHL players will be going to Beijing to play for their countries. With the recently ratified CBA stretching through the 2025-26 season, the league also announced that its players will be participating in the 2026 Milano Cortina games as well.

The 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics was the first tournament since 2018 to not have NHL players, and for a long time there were rumours of the 2022 games facing the same destiny. Instead, the league is now set for not just one, but two upcoming tournaments.

Source: NHL.com
EDVARD NORDLUND
JULY 11, 2020  (9H31)
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