NHL 커미셔너 Gary Bettman은 성명에서 2022 동계 올림픽 “더 이상 실현 불가능” 리그 전반에 걸친 발병으로 NHL이 시즌을 잠시 연기하게 된 후.
“The National Hockey League respects and admires the desire of NHL Players to represent their countries and participate in a ‘best on best’ tournament. 따라서, we have waited as long as possible to make this decision while exploring every available option to enable our Players to participate in the 2022 Winter Olympic Games,” Bettman’s 성명서 읽다.
“운수 나쁘게, given the profound disruption to the NHL’s regular-season schedule caused by recent COVID-related events — 50 games already have been postponed through Dec. 23 — Olympic participation is no longer feasible. We certainly acknowledge and appreciate the efforts made by the International Olympic Committee, the International Ice Hockey Federation and the Beijing Organizing Committee to host NHL Players but current circumstances have made it impossible for us to proceed despite everyone’s best efforts. We look forward to Olympic participation in 2026.”
Bettman said that the weeks during which the players would have been competing in Beijing will now be used to reschedule the 50 games which were postponed – 32 which were canceled in the last week alone.
“Our focus and goal have been and must remain to responsibly and safely complete the entirety of the NHL regular season and Stanley Cup Playoffs in a timely manner.”
The NHL has shut down nine teams in total because of outbreaks and announced on Sunday that cross-border games would be postponed through the holiday break because of “the fluid nature of federal travel restrictions.”
전체적으로, 55 games were postponed during last year’s shortened season but all were made up with the 56-game schedule.
The last time NHL players participated in the Games was in 2014 in Sochi. Bettman said the league looks forward to resuming participation in 2026.