The Stanley Cup Finals got underway Monday night in Florida, and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman made a startling announcement regarding the league taking an Olympic break next February. Bettman said a break likely won’t happen. There’s a strong possibility that NHL players won’t get their typical break during the league’s 2021-22 season in order to play for their home countries at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics . It’s not because of a potential boycott for the human rights issues in western China that also involves Tibetans and those from Hong Kong. It stems back to COVID. Not because China is where the coronavirus originated, but that Bettman says the virus still might not be under control. Bettman used his state of the league address before Game 1 of the 2021 Stanley Cup Finals between the Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning to answer the question of whether there will be an Olympic break in 2022. “We don’t know as of right now, and that’s causing us a fair number of issues relative to getting next season up and running,” Bettman said. “We have real concerns about whether or not its sensible to have our players participating and us shutting down… Read full this story
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