Quarantine concerns weigh on NHL’s participation in the Olympics | Sports News

NHL MVP Connor McDavid calls the idea of ​​having to quarantine for up to five weeks in China following a positive COVID-19 test “disturbing” because the involvement of the NHL at the 2022 Winter Games remains unresolved.

The Edmonton captain and one of three players already named to Canada’s provisional Olympic team spoke Tuesday as coronary heart cases and deferrals continue to rise in the league.

“It will obviously be a very fluid situation,” McDavid said before Edmonton hosted the Toronto Maple Leafs. “There wasn’t a ton of information, and then there’s this three to five week (quarantine) thing… it kind of goes around. Obviously, it’s unsettling if that was the case when you go there.

The NHL skipped the 2018 Olympics in South Korea, but made a commitment to Beijing as part of the extension of the current collective agreement signed with the NHL Players Association. As recently as last week, Commissioner Gary Bettman said the plan had to go, but the NHL has until January 10 to cancel the plan without financial penalty if COVID-19 disrupts its season enough.

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“I’m always a guy who wants to go play at the Olympics,” McDavid said, according to The Canadian Press. “But we also want to make sure it’s safe for everyone. For all athletes, not just hockey players.

The International Olympic Committee has said that an athlete who tests positive for COVID-19 in China will have to produce two negative results 24 hours apart. If they are unable to do so, the quarantine period could last from three to five weeks.

Vegas defenseman Alex Pietrangelo – named alongside McDavid and Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby as provisional members of the Canadian squad – said he was not sure he would travel to China due to the potential to be away from family for a long 40s. Golden Knights goalie Robin Lehner, a Swede, has previously said he won’t go.

Medical experts from the league and the players’ association have a meeting scheduled for later this week to review COVID-19 protocols. All but one NHL player – Tyler Bertuzzi of the Detroit Red Wings – would be fully vaccinated, although the league currently only recommends booster shots.

When asked if the increase in positive tests and deferrals gave him flashbacks to March 2020, as the sports world and much of society halted, Calgary general manager Brad Treliving, wouldn’t go that far.

“I don’t think anything is going to feel like this,” he said. “It was a cold slap (in the face).”

The NHL competed in every Olympic Games from 1998 to 2014 before refusing to send its players three years ago. Owners have always been lukewarm about the Olympics for a number of reasons, including the disruption of the league schedule.

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