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NHL, NHLPA, IIHF Agree on Olympic Participation I BLOG

An agreement was reached to allow NHL players to play in the upcoming Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, China

by Sam Kasan @SamiKasan /

The NHL will participate (with caveats) in the upcoming 2021 Winter Olympics Games in Beijing, China. 

The NHL announced an agreement with the NHL Players' Association and International Ice Hockey Federation to allow players to play in the Games. The NHL still has the ability to alter its decision based on several factors. See the league's announcement below: 


NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly made the following statement: 


Devils head coach Lindy Ruff served as an associate coach with Team Canada at the 2010 (Vancouver, Canada) and '14 Winter Games (Sochi, Russia), winning gold medals in both tournaments. 

Assistant coach Mark Recchi played in the 1998 Games (Nagano, Japan) for Canada. 

Defenseman P.K. Subban (Canada) also saw action in the 2010 Games. 

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