Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar
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REPORT: Cale Makar to Face Ban From the Next Olympics

Published February 6, 2024 at 7:54

The London Police have recently provided updates on their investigation into the 2018 World Juniors scandal. In light of these developments, Hockey Canada has issued a statement that has taken many by surprise.

Potential Olympic Absence for Cale Makar?

The latest disclosures indicate that only five players directly involved will face charges related to the scandal. However, Hockey Canada's repercussions extend beyond these individuals.

So Makar may not play in the 2026 Olympics due to the ongoing criminal investigation.

Team Canada has clarified that all members of the 2018 team are currently barred from participating in national activities. This includes Cale Makar, whose participation in the 2026 Olympics is now in jeopardy due to the scandal.

«Pending the completion of the appeal process, all players from the 2018 National Junior Team remain suspended by Hockey Canada, and are ineligible to play, coach, officiate or volunteer with Hockey Canada-sanctioned programs.»

A Challenging Situation for Hockey Canada

As the legal proceedings are only beginning, the situation could evolve significantly before the 2026 Olympics. However, should the current stance remain unchanged, it would represent a significant setback for Canada, potentially depriving the team of its top defenseman.

The exact knowledge and involvement of NHL players like Makar and Drake Batherson, who were not present at the event in question, are still uncertain. Yet, it seems Hockey Canada is prepared to maintain its position until the investigation's conclusion.
February 6   |   306 answers
REPORT: Cale Makar to Face Ban From the Next Olympics

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