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Brad Marchand Speaks Out Following NHL Withdrawl from 2022 Olympics

Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand took to Twitter on Tuesday to voice his displeasure about the NHL pulling out of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.
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Brad Marchand is not happy. 

The Bruins' forward took to Twitter on Tuesday afternoon to vent his frustrations over the NHL withdrawing its participation from the upcoming 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics last week, and he did not mince words in sharing his displeasure. 

Marchand's full statement can be found below. 

It's hard not to see Marchand's side of the issue, here. 

Vying for a shot at an Olympic gold medal is a lifelong dream for most NHL players. And, after last week's announcement, those same players will have been denied their opportunity to do so for the second consecutive time due to circumstances completely out of their control. 

NHLers have not participated in the Olympics since 2014 in Sochi, when Canada defeated Sweden to take home the gold. This year's event was shaping up to be one of the best ever. And now, it will once again be a missed opportunity. 

Then again, it's not as if the NHL made this decision flippantly, either.

The NHL, and professional sports on the whole, have been ravaged by COVID-19 in recent weeks, landing over 100 players in the league's health and safety protocols and causing over 60 games to be postponed, including a full-on pause in league activities through Dec. 28. Taking an already-compressed schedule and carving another three weeks out of it for the NHL's best players to go across the globe and potentially be subjected to extremely stringent quarantine measures in the event they test positive is a serious risk. 

It simply did not make sense. 

Marchand makes some valid points, particularly when it comes to how seemingly easy it is for the league and its owners to amend the CBA in order to serve their own interests. But at the height of a pandemic fuelled by a new, extremely contagious variant that has threatened to bring professional sports to its knees, Olympic participation just isn't feasible. 

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