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NHL players to participate in 2022 Winter Olympics

In 2018, NHL players did not play in the Olympics.

Giant Olympic Rings Removal After Tokyo Olympic Games Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon - Pool/Getty Images

When the Winter Olympics took place in 2018, players from the National Hockey League did not participate in the tournament.

That will not be the case when the 2022 Winter Olympics are held in February in Beijing,

On Friday, the NHL and the NHLPA announced the the two groups have agreed with the IIHF to have their players participate in the upcoming tournament.

A break will take place during the 2021-22 NHL regular season to accommodate players who participate.

Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan has already been announced as the head coach for Team USA, while captain Sidney Crosby was recently spotted sporting the captain's patch in a Team Canada jersey.

It’s unclear what Penguins may or may not be participating in the tournament, but current roster players who have participated in the past (and in current qualifiers) include Evgeni Malkin and Teddy Blueger, but several others may participate as the 2018 Olympics did not include NHL players, and the team has undergone drastic changes since 2014.

The agreement between the league, the players association, and the IIHF does allow for a withdrawal from the event based on COVID-19 if participation is deemed to be unsafe.