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NHL players are officially allowed to participate in 2022 Beijing Olympics

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The decision is official!

The NHL and NHLPA have reached an agreement with the International Ice Hockey Federation that will allow their players to participate in the men’s ice hockey tournament that will take place at the 2022 Olympics in Beijing, China from February 4-20, 2022.

“Just to be able to represent Canada at the Olympics and compete for a gold medal would be an absolute dream come true,” said Edmonton Oilers superstar Connor McDavid earlier this week.

“It’s kind of been a long time since we’ve been able to play best-on-best internationally. I think for me and I think for a lot of guys that were on that team, it’s been a long time coming. We’re obviously looking forward to going to the Olympics if we’re all lucky enough to make it.”

The NHL players last participated in the Olympics back in 2014 in Sochi, Russia. During that tournament, Team Canada easily cruised to a Gold Medal. They beat Sweden in the finals to capture the championship.

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Canadiens goalie Jake Allen sidelined for eight weeks with lower body injury

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This season is already a write off for the Montreal Canadiens, we know that. But this is essentially the icing on the cake for what has become a disastrous season for the 2021 Stanley Cup finalists.

The team announced that veteran netminder Josh Allen will be sidelined for at least the next eight weeks due to an undisclosed lower body injury.

He hasn’t played since hurting himself during the team’s 5-1 loss to the Boston Bruins on January 12th.

Allen has posted a 5-16-2 record with a 3.15 goals-against average and .901 save percentage in 24 games this season.

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MUST WATCH: Tom Wilson lays out Bruins player with MASSIVE open ice hit!

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We still can’t get over the legendary open ice hit Washington Capitals enforcer Tom Wilson laid on Boston Bruins forward Anton Blidh last night!

And unlike other Luke Wilson hits, you can’t argue that this one was dirty.

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Jack Eichel expected to be out another ‘month or two’ before making Golden Knights debut

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It may take a little longer than initially expected for Jack Eichel to make his highly-anticipated Vegas Golden Knights debut.

Golden Knights bench boss Peter DeBoer spoke to the media about Eichel’s recovery timeline, and essentially put to bed the rumours that the All-Star forward could return is imminent.

“It’s going to be at least a month or two months before he plays,” said DeBoer.

“Being around the guys every day, he’s going to be coming on the road with us, on the trip at the end of the month here and start traveling with us, which provides great team-building opportunities”

The 25-year old star, who is currently practicing with the team as a no-contact participant, was traded to the Golden Knights in a blockbuster deal back in early November 2021 that sent forwards Peyton Krebs and Alex Tuch, a top 10 protected first-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft, and a second-round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft to the Buffalo Sabres.

Eichel has not played since March 7, 2021 due to a lingering neck injury, which led to him having controversial artificial disk replacement surgery shortly after he was acquired by the Golden Knights on November 12.

The former second overall pick has posted 139 goals and 216 assists over a span of 375 combined games and six NHL seasons.

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