Ice hockey players hustle to Beijing after NHL pullout

17/1/2022 5:27:00 PM

Ice hockey players hustle to Beijing after NHL pullout

Ice hockey players hustle to Beijing after NHL pullout

Brian O'Neill treasured the chance to represent the United States at the 2018 Winter Games but the 33-year-old Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) forward never thought he would be back in his country's uniform for the Beijing Olympics this year.Then COVID-19 intervened, obliterating the National Hockey Leagu

Brian O'Neill treasured the chance to represent the United States at the 2018 Winter Games but the 33-year-old Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) forward never thought he would be back in his country's uniform for the Beijing Olympics this year.Then COVID-19 intervened, obliterating the National Hockey League's (NHL) schedule and leading it to pull its international pool of talent from the men's Olympic ice hockey tournament.

"That whole first part of the season leading up to it in 2018, I knew there was a pretty good chance that the NHLers weren't going. That was kind of set in stone," O'Neill told Reuters."This year, the NHLers dropped out late December and then all of a sudden, you know, 10, 15 days later, you get a phone call about being considered for the Olympic team."

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Then COVID-19 intervened, obliterating the National Hockey League's (NHL) schedule and leading it to pull its international pool of talent from the men's Olympic ice hockey tournament. "That whole first part of the season leading up to it in 2018, I knew there was a pretty good chance that the NHLers weren't going.kutie KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 17 — A former professional photographer is now cashing in from selling her urine. That was kind of set in stone," O'Neill told Reuters. Officials have not yet identified the source of the outbreak, as the city completed a third round of mass testing on its 14 million residents last week. "This year, the NHLers dropped out late December and then all of a sudden, you know, 10, 15 days later, you get a phone call about being considered for the Olympic team. “My first video was of me peeing by a creek — a very short, very simple video but that was the catalyst for people ordering pee customs from me." O'Neill is one of Beijing's hurry-up Olympians: talented competitors scattered around the globe who were all but written off, only to have their ticket punched for the Games as countries slowly reconfigured their rosters. a day ago Cricket-Kohli blames batsmen for India series loss v S Africa India captain Virat Kohli says the team's batting line-up "must be looked into" for tests away from home as he pinned the blame for the team's 2-1 series defeat in South Africa on their inability to cope in the unfamiliar conditions.

While Olympic qualifications stretch into January, most hopefuls at least have an inkling that they're in contention. Kutie said she sells a 88 millimeters medical cup of urine for £52 (RM297) but gives discounts to customers who want to buy larger volumes. Affected districts have been locked down since last week, with locals unable to leave their homes. The same perhaps could not be said for the dozens now set to compete in Beijing's men's ice hockey tournament. "In some ways it's a positive because there's less time to think about it," said O'Neill, who's gone into near-lockdown to stay healthy for the Games, with the KHL season on hold. “I also sell custom videos of me filling the cups if my fans want to see how it was made,” she added. "I remember in 2018 just being so - not nervous per se, but just not knowing whether you're going to make the team and then once you do find out you're on the team, then you have six weeks of staying healthy, you know, not going to get hurt in a game - that's probably the most nervous I've been playing hockey. Authorities have stepped up controls over transport links to the capital, with trains cancelled and highway checkpoints installed." With NHL players representing 11 of the 12 nations competing in the men's ice hockey tournament at the Beijing Olympics, the global impact of the league's pull-out was substantial. TRENDING Malay Mail.

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S. team, which finished seventh in 2018, features 15 university players and five from the KHL, including O'Neill, the only returning player from the 2018 U.S. Authorities have linked both outbreaks to workers in the international supply chain, as delays have built up at the city's Yantian cargo port — one of China's busiest. team headed to Beijing. "When everyone gets selected for the Olympic team, you kind of have that instant bond where it's like, 'Okay, we're all here for a couple of weeks.

Let's do our best,'" O'Neill said. A handful of positive cases have also been discovered in the city of Zhongshan, near Shenzhen, since last week, leading to travel restrictions and the suspension of public transport. "It's a pretty easy sell to get everyone to buy into." (Reporting by Amy Tennery in New York; Editing by Karishma Singh) Source: Reuters .