Olympic hockey will take a hit in 2022. On Tuesday morning, the NHL and NHLPA reportedly agreed that players will not head to Beijing for the 2022 Winter Olympics. Frank Seravalli of Daily Faceoff broke the news.
While disappointing for hockey fans, this news does not come as a surprise. The NHL is currently dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak that has caused a plethora of game postponements, and most recently a pause altogether.
The 2022 Winter Olympics are scheduled to take place from Feb. 4 through Feb. 20. Men's ice hockey begins Feb. 9 with preliminary play and concludes with the Gold Medal Game on Feb. 20.
The NHL initially had a two-week break during that time period built into its 2021-22 season schedule. But due to COVID complications, the league will more than likely utilize that opening to make up its postponed games.
Seravalli reports the NHL and NHLPA will make an official announcement in the near future.