NHL Opt-Out of Beijing Olympics Gives Way to NCAA Athletes to Compete
The 2022 Beijing Olympics is in its final week and we’ve had a blast watching all of the Olympians flawlessly compete in what appear to be impossible sporting events!
It’s widely known that many of the Olympians representing the United States are current and former NCAA athletes, but due to the NHL’s decision to opt-out of competing in Beijing citing COVID-19 reasons, many college hockey athletes were given the otherwise unlikely chance of a lifetime to take the ice. According to USA Hockey, “The 25-player Team USA roster includes 15 players currently on NCAA rosters, eight European professionals and two players competing in the AHL.”
Here is a full list of the colleges represented at the Beijing Olympics for Team USA Hockey, which includes current and former NCAA athletes:
- Boston College
- Boston University
- Ferris State
- Minnesota, Duluth
- Minnesota State
- Minnesota State Mankato
- North Dakota
- Ohio State
- St. Cloud State
- St. Thomas (Minnesota)
- University of Nebraska, Omaha
- University of Miami (Ohio)
- University of Maine
As of this writing, Team USA was knocked out of the competition by Slovakia in the quarterfinal round after a shootout. Team USA ranked 5th overall.
Congratulations to Team USA and all of the college athletes coming back to campus with some serious bragging rights!
Cover photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash
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