The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) has reportedly put forward four options to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for the sport’s potential participation at the 2022 winter Olympic Games in Beijing.
Canadian sports website The Score, citing sports broadcaster TSN, said the four options put to the IOC encompass all eventualities for ice hockey at the Olympics.
The first proposal is said to be based on the model used between 1998 and 2014, when the Olympics had full participation from players in North American league the NHL. This was cut short for this year’s Games in Pyeongchang after the NHL ruled that no dialogue had taken place to convince it of the benefits of disrupting its season to allow its stars to compete at the Olympics.
This ended a run of five consecutive winter Games with the league’s players, and the second proposal reportedly put forward by the IIHF would repeat the 2018 Games model of having amateur/professional players with no contractual NHL affiliation eligible to participate.
The third option would be an Olympic tournament comprised solely of players aged 23 and under, while the final proposal would remove men’s ice hockey from the winter Olympics completely.
TSN journalist Gord Miller outlined these proposals after hosting a panel featuring IIHF president Rene Fasel at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup in Edmonton on Friday.