Dinamo Riga’s Lukas Radill (left) vies with HC Vityaz Moscow Region’s Igor Rydchenko during the 2021-2022 Kontinental Hockey League. Photo: Xinhua
Dinamo Riga’s Lukas Radill (left) vies with HC Vityaz Moscow Region’s Igor Rydchenko during the 2021-2022 Kontinental Hockey League. Photo: Xinhua

Beijing 2022: without the NHL’s best, Russia are favourites for Olympic gold, but could Finland or Germany spring a surprise?

  • Without the NHL, Russia, competing in Beijing as ROC for Russian Olympic Committee, is in a strong position to retain the gold they won in 2018
  • Host nation China was under pressure to prove its men’s team met the competitive standard to play Olympic hockey. That is less of an issue now

Dinamo Riga’s Lukas Radill (left) vies with HC Vityaz Moscow Region’s Igor Rydchenko during the 2021-2022 Kontinental Hockey League. Photo: Xinhua
Dinamo Riga’s Lukas Radill (left) vies with HC Vityaz Moscow Region’s Igor Rydchenko during the 2021-2022 Kontinental Hockey League. Photo: Xinhua
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