As of Friday, the IIHF named Sharks striker Rudolf Balcer, Buffalo Sabers striker Zemg Girgenson and Toronto Maple Leafs defender Christian Rubin on the list of three NHL players who could represent the country at the Beijing Olympics on Friday.
“I don’t know how the IIHF, NHL and NHLPA have teamed up with this three-man list for Qatar. “These are the three hockey players on the list, it is necessary to ask the authors of the list,” Koziols reveals in a conversation with LETA.
He adds that none of the Latvian hockey players on the list sent to the international sports federation has refused to represent Latvia and is ready to do so in Beijing as well.
On the other hand, publishing a limited number of players is rather the work of public relations representatives.
It has already been reported that prior to NHL players participating in the 2022 Beijing Olympics, the IIHF, together with the NHL and NHL Players Association (NHLPA), has requested that all national teams in the Olympic hockey tournament submit a list of three NHL players to be included in the national Olympic teams.
If these players are healthy and eligible to participate in the Olympic Games, they will be included in the final national team list, which will be announced in January 2022.
The national teams from Canada, the United States, the Czech Republic, Sweden and Finland were released on Thursday.
The other national team’s three NHL players are scheduled to be announced on Friday.
Among the 12 teams in the Olympic tournament is also the Latvian national team.
The Beijing Olympics will take place from February 4 to 20.
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