May 17, 2022

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“It’s a shame” – Ryan McDonagh

"It's a shame" - Ryan McDonagh

Victor Headman wore a sweater from Sweden and did his videoconference. He is on the lookout for Euro 2020, where the Swedes are only a few hours away from a duel against the Ukrainians in the 16th round.

Headman did not take off his yellow and blue sweater, protesting the possibility of National Hockey League (NHL) leaders withdrawing from the 2022 Olympic Games in Beijing.

Ahead of the first match of the final, Gary Betman stated at an endless meeting that he had not ruled out the possibility of making an X at the Beijing Olympics due to many doubts about the COVID epidemic. Logistics that disrupt the NHL’s schedule of more than two weeks is also a problem for the circuit.

But Betman has yet to participate in the Olympics in exchange for numerous financial concessions from athletes to allow activities to resume in the summer of 2020.

The Olympics were one of my biggest dreams when an American colleague told him about the 2022 Olympic Games, “This is the first time I’ve heard this news.” I have not participated yet. This may be the last chance for me to go. It saddened me to hear that. I want to focus on the Stanley Cup final, but I can not help but think a little bit about it. I would love to have the opportunity to represent my country on the biggest hockey stage possible. I always dreamed. ”

A shame

Ryan McDonagh, who experienced the Sochi 2014 Olympics with the US team, added his voice to his teammate’s voice.

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“It would be a shame if players were not allowed to play there,” the defender said. As a young athlete, I dreamed of playing in the Olympics. I don’t see a young player losing his dream. It’s a unique experience, it’s good for hockey. I believe there will be a way to integrate. “

Joan Cooper, who has been described as a strong contender for the post of head coach of the Canadian team, is joined by his two defenders.

“I did not hear Gary speak. It is unfortunate if the same happens. I knew the players in the locker room had to go. It’s a special feeling for the players. We want to see the best against the best. When you are able to represent your country, it is always great pride. Pill players are hard to swallow. ”

– Hitting a shot from defender Jeff Petrie in the first game of the final makes winger Alex Killorn a suspicious case for the second game. Cooper said he just fell into the category of daily assessed injury. Killern made only one appearance in the third period.