ANAHEIM – John Gibson is as close to the mortal threshold of shortlisting the Winter Olympics as any Duck. But his hopes and dreams were dashed when the NHL withdrew its players from the upcoming Beijing Sports Festival to reschedule the tournament’s many-delayed fixtures over the February break.
If he was angry about missing the Olympics, he didn’t show it. If he was upset with the tournament and the players’ federation, who together decided to withdraw from the Olympics, he wouldn’t have said the same. If he’s satisfied he didn’t go to China in the midst of a global pandemic, he wouldn’t reveal it either.
Gibson, who is very likely to be selected as one of three goalkeepers to play for the United States, said: “What is it like.” “Obviously, it would be great to be a part of that and represent your country. It’s something you dream of and you hope you get the chance to do.
“But at the same time, that is the world we live in right now. Obviously, it’s been bad luck for the past two weeks here with all the (NHL) games canceled and everything like that. I understand where they come from. It doesn’t make it any easier. It’s hard, but you have to accept it and move on.”
Gibson will be 32 years old when the next Winter Olympics are held in 2026 in Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, is still in its prime and still under contract with the Ducks. But it will be a long time before making his first Olympics appearance for a player who regularly represents his country.
Gibson eventually won the gold medal and was the tournament’s MVP in the 2013 World Junior Championships and then won bronze in the World Championships later that year. He also played for Team North America at the 2016 World Cup in Hockey.
It’s a moot point for now, but Gibson may have been joined on the US team by right winger Troy Terry, an Olympic runner during the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, when NHL players were also out. family. Terry is the Ducks’ top scorer with 18 goals and 30 points over the Christmas break.
Defender Cam Fowler, who had four goals and 17 points at halftime, also deserves consideration for Team America. Defender Hampus Lindholm (5 goals, 13 points) and striker Isac Lundestrom (7 goals, 16 points) may have received offers from Sweden.
“Once we see games being postponed and COVID resumes, and the NHL has made that choice, I think it’s very likely that will happen,” Gibson said of the federation’s choice to withdraw. its players from the Olympics. “You can see the trend of it. Being able to get that opportunity is great, but how is it. ”
The Ducks’ six-man taxi team includes goalkeeper Lukas Dostal, defenders Jacob Larsson and Greg Pateryn and forwards Bryce Kindopp, Vinni Lettieri and Buddy Robinson. Lettieri was included in the squad for Wednesday’s game against the Vancouver Canucks.
The league has reintroduced the taxi fleet as a way to ensure teams don’t become so exhausted after testing positive for COVID-19 that they can’t compete, forcing further postponement. Each team can have up to six players as members of its taxi team, ready to play if needed.
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