After missing the Olympic Games in 2018, NHL players will return to their country’s rosters for Beijing in 2022.
An agreement between the NHL, NHLPA and the IIHF signed in September will allow for a break in the regular season NHL schedule for the Olympics. The agreement includes the 2026 Winter Games.
NHL players first attended the Olympics in 1998 in Nagano and had participation in five straight Olympics. Canada enters as the top seed in 2022 after being No. 1 in the 2020 IIHF World Rankings. Canada won a bronze in 2018 with non-current NHL athletes.
Read more about the agreement and Team Canada’s men’s hockey history on Olympic.ca