Ehlers goal helps Denmark qualify for first Olympics

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Nikolaj Ehlers of the Winnipeg Jets scored the insurance goal with 3:12 to play to help Denmark to a 2-0 win against Norway in the final qualification round for the 2022 Beijing Olympics at Jordal Amfi in Oslo, Norway, on Sunday.

It’s the first time Denmark has qualified to play in the Olympics. 

Ehlers, a forward, scored after taking a pass from forward Frans Nielsen, an unrestricted free agent who played for the Detroit Red Wings last season.

Slovakia and Latvia also secured Olympic berths on Sunday. Slovakia defeated Belarus 2-1 at Ondrej Nepala Arena in Bratislava, Slovakia, and Latvia defeated France 2-0 at Arena Riga in Riga, Latvia.

NHL participation in the 2022 Beijing Olympics has not been finalized.

There is a pause in the NHL schedule from Feb. 7-22 if the League reaches an agreement with the NHL Players’ Association and the International Ice Hockey Federation for NHL players to participate in the upcoming Olympics. Talks continue on outstanding issues, including securing appropriate COVID-19 insurance.

The NHL and NHLPA retain the authority to decide not to participate in the Olympics should COVID-19 conditions worsen or otherwise pose a threat to the health and safety of the players, or for any other reason that may warrant such a decision. If NHL players don’t participate, the League will release a revised schedule that, to the greatest extent possible, will adopt the dates and games from the schedule announced July 22.

The 12-team ice hockey field in the 2022 Beijing Olympics has been set: Denmark, Latvia and Slovakia join Canada, the United States, Russia, Finland, Sweden, Czech Republic, Germany and Switzerland; each had previously qualified. China rounds out the field, having automatically qualified as the host country.

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