“It was very frustrating. The collective bargaining agreement assured us that the Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand had publicly protested against the National League’s decision not to send their players to the Olympics.
A man from Halifax, Marchand could be one of the players selected to be part of the Canadian team. At a press conference on Sunday afternoon, the 33-year-old striker expressed his frustration that this was probably the last chance to take part in an international competition.
“I have the impression that they are [les dirigeants de la LNH] He was angry that we were trying to get out of there for a while and would not let us go. There has to be a way to go and get that experience. Others work hard all their lives for it. ”
“In the end, I know they don’t care about the Olympics because it shouldn’t bring them money,” he continued. It’s business and we are resources. Let’s call the spade a spade. They do not want us to get hurt there, it’s part of it, but going to this tournament should be a player’s choice. ”
“We’re talking about the Olympic Games. They are the best in the world. If you’ve got the right to go, you must go. It’s very frustrating.”
The same reaction came in March 2017 when the NHL announced that players would not be going to the Pyongyang Games. He was 28 at the time and had a good chance of being selected to represent Canada.