NEW YORK, N.Y. — The Nationwide Hockey League has reached an settlement with the Worldwide Ice Hockey Federation to create a break within the 2021-2022 season to permit gamers to compete within the subsequent Winter Olympics.
The NHL and its gamers’ affiliation mentioned Friday that the settlement permits for the opportunity of a later resolution to withdraw within the occasion that COVID-19 situations are deemed impractical or unsafe for the gamers.
“We perceive how passionately NHL gamers really feel about representing and competing for his or her nations. We’re very happy that we had been in a position to conclude preparations that can enable them to renew finest on finest competitors on the Olympic stage,” wrote NHL Deputy Commissioner Invoice Daly in an announcement.
The Winter Olympics are scheduled to be held in Beijing, China, from Feb. 4 to Feb. 20, 2022.
This marks a return to the Winter Olympics because the NHL skipped the 2018 video games.
Russia took residence the gold in males’s hockey on the final Winter Olympics, which was held in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The U.S. claimed gold for ladies’s hockey.