January 17, 2022

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China’s hockey team in for rude awakening at Beijing Games, warn coaches

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China really should brace for a string of blowout losses at the 2022 Beijing Olympic men’s ice hockey event except the Intercontinental Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) measures in and throws the hosts a lifeline, warned two intercontinental coaches.

Dave King, a single of the most respected names in international hockey who was head mentor of the Canadian men’s countrywide team for a few Olympics and worked with Japan to put together them for the 1998 Nagano Winter Game titles, told Reuters scores could be “scary” with China in a group alongside powerhouses Canada and the United States.

Jim Paek, who coached and well prepared South Korea for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Video games, voiced similar concerns particularly with the world’s major player returning to the Olympics stage after the NHL sat out the showcase four yrs ago.

“When you have host nations around the world that are allowed to routinely qualify this is what you get,” warned King, who has also coached in the NHL, Russia, Sweden and Germany. “What is very significant is to have a strategy and keep with it and I will not consider the Chinese did a pretty fantastic career with that, they have been all around the map.

“To me there is nothing a coach can do at this place, there is no magic wand.

“It is really frightening, it really is. They are in way more than their head for absolutely sure.”

As the host country, China is confirmed a place in every function at the 2022 Video games but IIHF president Luc Tardif explained in September that the men’s group could be prevented from enjoying thanks to its “insufficient sporting standard.”

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China decided to choose aspect

With China evidently identified to get component in the men’s event, the IIHF Council verified before this month it would not seek to block the hosts from competing.

China’s programs to ice a aggressive workforce have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictive nationality procedures that mainly avoid them from pursuing gamers with twin citizenship as South Korea, Italy and Japan did when they hosted the Winter season Video games.

The Kunlun Purple Star, a China based group stocked with Olympic hopefuls competing in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), was developed to be the foundation on which a program was created.

But by 26 game titles Red Star sits base of the 24 staff league.

“The circumstance with COVID and not remaining able to enjoy worldwide competitions… their planning time has shortened,” reported Paek, the first Korean-born hockey player to perform in the NHL and member of the Pittsburgh Penguins 1991 Stanley Cup successful team. “We experienced 4 decades of right preparation but China does not have that luxurious and that time is coming to an conclusion really rapidly.

“Those are a great deal of items against them suitable now.”

The IIHF stated it is working with the CIHA (Chinese Ice Hockey Affiliation) but with the Feb. 4-20 Beijing Game titles just 12 weeks absent there are restricted fixes readily available.

There will be no game for China to appear ahead to in what can only be explained as Group of Death.

There is minor doubt Connor McDavid, picturing competing at the 2016 Entire world Cup, will centre Canada’s prime line at the Beijing Olympics. (Jacques Boissinot)

Stocked with NHL all-stars

Together with geopolitical rivals Canada and the U.S., which will be stocked leading to bottom with NHL all-stars, the pool also contains Germany, silver medallists from the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics.

Introducing to the potential for embarrassment, objective differential is a tie-breaker in Olympic hockey, that’s why providing incentive for teams to run up the score.

“The likely for humiliation is there,” said King. “I really don’t know what you can do. I will not have a alternative.

“I believe the IIHF has to uncover a way to rectify this.

“They (IIHF) may possibly have to get some form of arrangement with Canada, U.S. and Germany that at some place in the recreation they are up so substantially can you phone it off.

“But they are opponents they play each match to win each and every game.

“Aim differential is an essential place as effectively, it places included incentive to pump up and rating.

“It has the chance to be not a extremely good practical experience for the Chinese or for the Olympic Video games for that issue.”



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