With the NHL set to halt its season Wednesday amid a spike in coronavirus cases and the rise of the omicron variant, the NHL’s participation in the 2022 Winter Olympics is in jeopardy.
The NHL was the first major pro sports league in North America to make plans to halt play entirely. After two games slated for Tuesday, the schedule is set to resume Monday, Dec. 27.
On Sunday, the NHL jointly announced with the NHL Players’ Association that it would play on rather than stop the season. At the time, it said it would eliminate travel between the United States and Canada through the holiday break; that decision meant the postponement of 12 games, and more were scrapped Monday afternoon.
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Ten NHL teams had been shut down before Monday night’s announcement: the Ottawa Senators, Edmonton Oilers, Columbus Blue Jackets, Montreal Canadiens, Detroit Red Wings, Toronto Maple Leafs, Colorado Avalanche, Florida Panthers, Nashville Predators and Boston Bruins. (The Calgary Flames reopened their facility Monday after a lengthy pause.) And roughly 15 percent of NHL players were in the coronavirus protocols.
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