The NHLPA is trying to make up for the lack of an Olympic game in the 2018-19 season, but with no Olympics in sight, the game has become the focus of the league.
A few players have taken the opportunity to showcase their Olympic talent at the arena in front of a live audience, and the trend is gaining traction.
Some players are even using the opportunity as a way to get into the Olympics.
“We’re trying to use the Olympics as a chance to show our talent to our fans and the NHL is just trying to find the best players to represent us on the ice,” said defenseman Erik Johnson, who has been wearing an Olympic medal on his chest since last month.
“It’s just fun to see how it looks in the rink.
It’s just really cool.
It gives the fans something to look at.”
The NHLPA announced in July that the league had awarded six Olympic gold medals to players and two silver medals to goaltenders.
The gold medals were given to players like Auston Matthews, Patrik Laine and Ryan Miller.
The players have had a great time wearing the medal.
They’ve all received accolades from the league and the fans, and it has helped make their NHL dreams come true.
“The NHL is very proud of the efforts of our players,” NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said.
“We look forward to seeing them perform on the world stage and have them be recognized as Olympians.”
In addition to Matthews and Laine, the six gold medals include two from Auston and three from Austen and Landon.
Miller has been a constant presence at the rink, playing the game on the side.
His Olympic medal, meanwhile, has been hanging in the rafters for some time.
The gold medals have also been given to the players’ friends.
In the case of Laine’s friend, it was teammate Taylor Hall.
The NHL has a lot to be proud of.
It has given the league its first two gold medals and the first two silver, and is the first to get two golds in two consecutive years.
The league has been in the Olympic fold since the 2000 Games in Sydney, and for that, the players are thrilled.
“I think it’s a great honor for the NHL to be awarded a medal and to have the guys from the Olympics being recognized in the game of hockey,” said Hall, who had a gold medal from the 2004 Olympics in Salt Lake City.
“To get two medals in the same season is pretty crazy.
We were pretty happy when we got it, but the players weren’t too happy.”
The medals represent a step forward for the league, and a step back for some players who have struggled during the Olympics because of the schedule.
Johnson, for instance, has missed the Olympics in Sochi and has played just one game this season.
“That’s a big deal,” Johnson said.
“(The gold medal) is kind of something I’ve always dreamed of doing.
But that’s the only way I could get into it.”
Johnson’s teammate, Laine has been on a roller coaster of emotions during the Games.
The two teammates have both been awarded the same gold medal, but Laine received his on the day the medals were announced.
Johnson’s medal was presented to him in the locker room on the same day the medal was announced, so he was surprised that he didn’t get the same treatment.
“As soon as I heard it, I knew I had to do it,” Laine said.
“In my heart of hearts, I just thought it was pretty cool.
I was happy.
I wasn’t too upset with it.
I’m not that guy who’s like, ‘Oh, I’m just going to hang on to this medal forever.’
But you know, we all make sacrifices for this sport and I think it was a good move.”
When it comes to his teammates, Johnson has been the best of the lot.
His teammate Laine is on the verge of a career-high in points, while Miller has a .917 save percentage, which is tied for sixth in the NHL.
Laine believes that he can become a two-time Olympian if he continues his growth.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that I can become an Olympian,” Lain said.
The two players are excited to see where the NHL takes this gold medal.
It might just be a nice little piece of art to give the NHL some more trophies to display, especially when there are no Olympics to show off.