Men’s Ice Hockey teams have been announcing the first three players for each of their rosters ahead of the 2022 Winter Olympics as a sort of a tease. A couple days ago Victor Hedman was announced for Team Sweden — not a surprise, but a big moment for him — and yesterday Ondrej Palat was given the honors of being one of the first players on Team Czech Republic. His teammates at the moment are David Pastrnak and Jakub Voracek. This is the first time NHL players are going to the Men’s Ice Hockey tournament at the Olympics since 2014.
Hedman and Palat are definitely not going to be the only Tampa Bay Lightning players at the Olympics next year. It’s looks like we should be getting Kucherov, Vasilevskiy, and Sergachev on the Russian Olympic Committee, potentially both Point and Stamkos on Canada, Cernak on Slovakia. And Team USA has Seth Jones in their top three so it’s not out of the question Ryan McDonagh makes that weirdly-assembled team.
Czech it out!— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) October 7, 2021
Pally has been selected to represent Team Czech Republic in the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing — Join us in congratulating him! pic.twitter.com/7hgBuNB0Ve
The Women’s Ice Hockey tournament is holding its Qualifying Tournament right now, so if anyone’s interested in watching some good competitive hockey at weird times, go check out the links at our sister site, TIG. Team GB has been a lot of fun so far.
ICYMI: International hockey is back as Olympic qualifying tournaments kick off TODAY in Great Britain, Italy, and Poland.— The Ice Garden (@TheIceGarden) October 7, 2021
For all the details, including who's playing and how to stream the games ⬇️https://t.co/dLOFG5ceQM
Perfect Start – Great Britain power to victory against Iceland @GBWomensHockey get Olympic qualifying campaign off to a dream start in Nottingham.— Mark (@MarkUkLeaf) October 7, 2021
Fantastic images courtesy of @woolster80https://t.co/cMsDsT3llU
THERE ARE KITTENS IN THE PENALTY BOX!
THERE ARE KITTENS IN THE PENALTY BOX pic.twitter.com/DzgpRIAX0M— Lauren Kelly (@laurkelly24) October 8, 2021
Despite the NWHL (now PHF) trying to distance themselves from this rumors, reporting by Melissa Burgess and Zoe Claire have revealed with Erika Nardini tried to purchase three NWHL franchises, despite launching online attacks at players on some of those teams including Saroya Tinker of the Riveters.
ICYMI from @zoeclaire_ & I: NWHL LLC was in serious talks with Erika Nardini, CEO of Barstool Sports, regarding ownership of the Riveters & Whale plus expansion rights for a Detroit team.— Melissa Burgess (@_MelissaBurgess) October 7, 2021
Nardini wanted the MET/CT sale to be finalized before Lake Placid.https://t.co/G8htTeLFbK
Carey Price has taken a leave of absence from the Montreal Canadiens.
The NHL and NHLPA announce Carey Price will be “away from the team while voluntarily taking part in the NHL/NHLPA player assistance program.”— Arpon Basu (@ArponBasu) October 7, 2021