David Pastrnak, Charlie McAvoy Upset By NHL’s Olympic Choice

It was seemingly that a number of members of the Boston Bruins would characterize their dwelling nation within the 2022 Beijing Olympics in February. However attributable to COVID-19 and a possible five-week quarantine in China ought to somebody check constructive, the NHL determined to not ship its gamers.

David Pastrnak already was a lock to play for Czech Republic, with Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and Charlie McAvoy prone to be chosen for Group Canada and Group USA, respectively.

For McAvoy, whereas he understands the choice, it doesn’t make it any much less disappointing.

“Disappointment, for positive. Positively a bit of little bit of unhappiness,” McAvoy mentioned over Zoom on Thursday when requested how he felt concerning the determination. “I believe it’s one thing that, if given the chance, I used to be completely going to go. I actually suppose I used to be going to get pleasure from each second of it. I’ve dreamed of that for a very long time. So, disappointing. That’s actually the one method to describe it. However given the circumstances, it type of simply is what it’s.

“Everyone on the Bruins, all of our teammates that I believe had anticipated going or planning on having that probability, I believe everyone’s fairly saddened by it. I believe it was unanimous, all of us actually wished to go.”

Pastrnak echoed McAvoy’s sentiments, calling it “robust.”

“I’m clearly annoyed, unhappy,” Pastrnak mentioned. “It’s simply robust. I’ve mentioned many occasions, I do know that for European gamers, rising up as a child, that’s your dream, to make it. It’s very unhappy that that is technically the second Olympics in a row that you just’re lacking as a participant.