During the Olympics, the League will hold postponed regular season matches.
The National Hockey League (NHL) will not send its players to participate in the hockey tournament at the Beijing Olympics due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This was stated by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.
He explained that the pandemic led to serious disruptions in the regular season of the NHL, 50 games were postponed, so participation in the Olympics is no longer possible.
In September 2020, the League agreed to pause the championship so that the best players in the world could take part in the Olympics, but warned that this decision could be reversed if COVID-19 forces the postponement of the championship matches for the time period of the Olympics. The NHL had the right to make this decision before January 10, avoiding financial sanctions
Luc Tardif, president of the International Ice Hockey Federation, released a statement in which he indicated that he understands the reasons why the NHL made this decision.
It will be difficult for the U.S. and Canadian national teams to achieve great success at the Olympic hockey tournament without having NHL players in their squads.