NHL to return to Winter Olympics in 2022
After a short-lived standoff, the NHL has agreed to a deal with the IIHF to allow NHL players to participate in the 2022 Winter Olympics. The two sides have been negotiating over the last several years, with the NHL not taking part in the 2018 Olympics.
For both sides, this is a huge win. It brings some headliner names to the Olympics while boosting worldwide interest in hockey that will hopefully transfer over to the NHL. The league has already incorporated a break into their schedule for the Winter Olympics, so no adjustments need to be made.
The upcoming games take place this February, so it won’t be that long of a wait to see hockey’s stars battle it out for their native countries. For the Flyers, it isn’t known who will play for their national teams, but it’s likely that Claude Giroux and some others will represent Philadelphia.
Giroux was notoriously left off Canada’s 2014 roster, so hopefully, he will be able to join the team this winter. Philadelphia kicks off training camp in just a few weeks, with hockey season just around the corner.
Mandatory Credit: Getty Images