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NHL, NHLPA reach deal to send players to '22 Beijing Games

The NHL and NHLPA have reached a deal with the IIHF and IOC “that will allow NHL players to participate” in the ’22 Beijing Games, according to sources cited by Emily Kaplan of ESPN.com. There is an opt-out clause in that the NHL and NHLPA “can pull out of the Olympics, should COVID-19 conditions worsen, or if the 2021-22 NHL schedule has been disrupted by cancelations, and the league feels it needs to use the Olympic break to make up games.” Sources said that the opt-out deadline “is believed to be in early January.” The league did not participate in the ’18 Pyeongchang Games, but NHL players “have uniformly fought to return.” The IIHF and IOC will take care of “all travel and insurance costs for NHL players, and will cover for players' guests if they are allowed to attend as well.” The NHL and NHLPA found a provider for COVID insurance, but the IIHF and IOC “did not want to cover” for that, meaning it will be “up to the individual player to determine whether he secures that or not” (ESPN.com, 9/3).

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