Dec 22 - Players, officials and organizations reacted to the news that the National Hockey League will not send its players to the Beijing Olympics for the men's ice hockey tournament as it was reported it had gotten worse, despite a surge in cases in COVID-19 cases.
SIDNEY CROSBY, CANADIAN TWO-TIME OPULATION BASEHOLD MEDALIST AND PITTSBURGH PENGUINS CENTRE, PENGUINS CENTRE AND SIDNEY CROSBY.
"It's hard to wrap around, given the fact that we thought we would have the opportunity this time..." These are experiences of a lifetime that you don't get very many of you as an athlete, and you can only get one of them, and it may just happen that you're kind of making mistake if that doesn't work out, and if that doesn't do, is unfortunate."
A CPAONS ASSOCIATION DIRECTEUR DON FEHR ASKIE.
With the addition of the CBA, NHL players had a great excitement in a return bid to compete in the Winter Olympics. Until recently, the game seemed to be on an obvious path to Beijing; subsequently COVID-19 has unfortunately announced a denial of squats over this month, but it is a must to use the period of the Olympics to reschedule these games.
We're disappointed; nevertheless, we respect the decision of the NHL and the NHLPA, as always, we remain excited about the Winter Olympics and eager to form a team with whom we can win a gold medal in Beijing, and to a company like this and then put on a team that will not be the best of us with this team. With the NHL staff we previously announced as a member of our management team and no longer staff, we'll announce new people to fill the roles soon.
INTEGRATIONAL ICE HOCKEY FEDERATION PRESIDENT LUC TARDIF
"Although we're disappointed in the decision by the NHL and the NHLPA, we still fully understand the circumstances that forced this action to be taken." Throughout the discussions with the IOC, BOCOG, and NHLPA, we always held witness to this scenario that could happen. The shocking decision made by the NHL, and I'm not worried about the health and safety of its players.
DAVID SHOEMAKER, President and General Secretary, CANADIAN OLYMPIC COMMITTEE.
It's certainly disappointing to any hockey fans. For some reason, since the recent changes to the NHL schedule have already changed, the Canadian Olympic Committee understands that decision.
Canadian hockey is extremely strong. We're excited to rally behind the men's team as it begins to cross the ice for its first game on February 10th, attempting to win the fourth consecutive medal. Together with other teams from all over the world, we will cheer for Canada's incredible women's team for its seventh consecutive Olympic medal and five gold."
JOHAN GREYLAV, SWEDISH NATIONAL TEAM HEAD.
"I think it's very sad for us, the leadership team, the team, and all the players. We're eager for a tournament with the best players who can meet the best of our players. Now we're getting angry, but that's a sad decision that we've made.
"On the whole of autumn we had three tracks, a NHL track, and a European track." "Then we played two tournaments in autumn where they have two more or less totally different teams, and then we had that because of the possibility that the NHL players might fail. We'll continue working with the European track and put the NHL track on the side.
We do our best.