At the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, can we see the NHL players who missed the 2018 Pingchang Winter Olympics? Bill Daley, vice president of the NHL League, said that there is no final conclusion on whether the players can participate in the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games, but the league is preparing to hold a pre-season match in China in 2020.
During the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games, NHL chose to continue to hold league games, which means that members of national teams who play for NHL teams will not be able to participate in the Winter Olympic Games. For the 2022 Winter Olympics, Daley said he fully understands the significance of the games for China. “Obviously, the Winter Olympics will be an important factor in the development of ice hockey in China. It’s also a great opportunity to show the Chinese people the ice hockey game “However, it’s not exactly the same as the league’s decision for each Olympic Games,” Daley said in an interview
Daly said that the NHL League hopes to determine the pre-season process in 2020 as soon as possible, arranging the pre-season competition in China in 2017 and 2018 for two consecutive years, while in 2019 the League did not send teams to participate in the China competition. Daly said that he hoped to announce the arrangement of NHL China pre-season in 2020 in the next few months: “we hope to continue to develop and deepen cooperation with China, which means that there will be more games, more players, more teams and more League activities coming to China.”
The League said it would not arrange regular season games in China next season, but it would try to bring NHL team to China for pre-season games. And in order to continue to explore if to enhance the love of Chinese fans for ice hockey. Daly believes that at this stage, ice hockey should be promoted more than the NHL League itself.