- D-man for the Golden Knights is concerned about the potential length of time away from his family.
- Alex Pietrangelo of the Vegas Golden Knights says he hasn’t decided whether or not he will compete in the 2022 Beijing Olympics.
Along with Sidney Crosby and Connor McDavid, he has been named Canada’s provisional Olympic team.
Pietrangelo started before the Golden Knights’ game against Minnesota on Sunday night, and he is waiting for more information before deciding.
“There’s a lot of things we’re looking at, especially for guys with families,” said the 31-year-old from King City, Ont. “I’m not going to decide until we have all of the answers, which I believe are difficult to come by right now.”
The NHL has committed to sending players to Beijing, but they can withdraw at any time. The deadline to cancel the plan without financial penalty is January 10.
The IOC Olympic Committee has stated that any athlete who tests positive for COVID-19 during the Games will be required to produce two negative tests 24 hours apart.
If they cannot do so, the quarantine period could last between 21 and five weeks. “I have four kids under the age of three and a half,” Pietrangelo explained. “Being locked up there for five weeks, plus the Olympics, that’s a long time away from my family.”
Pietrangelo stated that he expects to receive the answers he seeks “sooner rather than later.” “If we’re not going or if we’re going, us with families, we’ve got things to plan,” he explained.
Pietrangelo was a member of Canada’s gold-medal-winning team at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Unfortunately, NHL players did not compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Due to concerns about COVID-19 protocols, Golden Knights goalie Robin Lehner has stated that he will not represent Sweden in Beijing.
Source: CBC News
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