Wednesday morning The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun reported that in the NHL’s proposed collective bargaining agreement a return to the Olympics is on the table.
“If the NHL/NHLPA finalize things, if the players ratify it, and subject to negotiation with IOC, sounds like proposed CBA extension includes the NHL’s return to Olympic participation covering both 2022 and 2026,” LeBrun tweeted.
In other words, if the players approve the proposal – along with the International Olympic Committee’s blessing – we could see NHL players back in the Olympics for 2022 and 2026.
NHL players last participated in the 2014 Olympic games in Sochi, Russia. Representing the Blackhawks: Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith and Patrick Sharp took home gold medals in 2014.
The news could mean NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman changed his tune on the international tournament.
“I don’t want to sound like a broken record on the subject, but I think going to the Olympics is a challenge for us,” he said back in November. “I know the players love representing their countries. I know that the players like going. I know that the players that don’t go like having a break in the middle of the season. But from our standpoint, we have found going to the Olympics to be incredibly disruptive to our season.”
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Report: NHL return to Olympics on the table for 2022 and 2026 in CBA proposal originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago