It was announced today that players have finally been given the go-ahead to represent their home countries in the upcoming Olympics, set for winter 2022 in Beijing, China. It’s a long overdue decision by the NHL, who reached an agreement with the IIHF and the NHLPA just hours ago. It’s great news for players like Oliver Bjorkstrand, who already had a heavy hand in helping his home country of Denmark advance to the Olympics. Something which the country has never done.
As expected, there will be rules for the players to follow. You can read them all here, at my source for this story (https://www.1stohiobattery.com/columbus-blue-jackets-news/2021/09/6279/nhl-to-send-players-to-olympics-for-first-time-since-2014). It’s shocking in a way, but the last time there was a Winter Olympics, in 2018, the NHL sent no players. In this Olympics, Gold went to Olympic Athletes From Russia. The Silver was awarded to Germany. While Bronze went to Canada. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice_hockey_at_the_2018_Winter_Olympics_%E2%80%93_Men%27s_tournament).
The NHL schedule, released the day of the 2021 NHL Draft, blocked out the time for the Winter Olympics, although the players going to play in such was still undetermined. This will make the season a bit longer, but nothing compared to the adjusted Covid schedule of the recent 2021-2022 season. You can watch the 2022 Winter Olympics from February 4-20th. Be sure to watch here at Skullking Sports for updates, as we expect to see several Blue Jackets players in this Olympic Games. As such, you’ll have no problem wanting to watch every single game, and no matter which team rises victorious, it will most likely be a win for at least one of our beloved local players. This will be so exciting!