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The NHL is closing in on agreement for 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics

It looks like the NHL is real close to having an agreement in place in which its players would participate in the 2022 Winter Olympics held in Beijing.

Hockey Wanderlüst, the international hockey newsletter, and its columnist Ken Yaffe, after consulting sources close to the National Hockey League, is reporting that the NHL to the Olympics is a foregone conclusion.

ESPN’s Emily Kaplan reported on Sunday that an NHL, NHLPA, IIHF, and International Olympic Committee are close to an agreement.

The NHL had expressed hesitance about the players going to Beijing because of the major interruption to its business, injury concerns and halting a season so soon after having the disruption caused by Covid-19.

The NHL did promise players it would make a real effort to facilitate Olympic participation in exchange for other concessions including the playoff bubble.

The league passed off the IIHF negotiations to the NHLPA, and also created a nearly three week break in the NHL schedule to make it happen.

Now we just await the final word.

Igor Burdetskiy

Igor Burdetskiy

Founder, Editor-in-Chief, & CEO at Hooked on Hockey Magazine
I grew up playing Ball and Roller Hockey day and night somewhat religiously throughout elementary and middle school. The two don't compare though when I lace up the skates and hit the ice. I live and breathe hockey beyond the perspective of "it's just a game" and I will gladly talk hockey for hours with anyone. Hockey is more than just a lifestyle, it's a culture of passionate people who make memories every time the puck is dropped. Hockey has not only helped me get through some of the hardest times in life but has created some of the best memories to date. Want to talk hockey with me? Shoot me an email: iburdetskiy@hookedonhockey.com and let's talk some hockey!
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