After an injury derailed his chance in 2014 and with no NHLers competing for the second straight Games since Sochi, the door for Steven Stamkos to lead a Canadian team to an Olympic gold has all but closed.
JULIAN MCKENZIE: We have to think about some of the NHL players who end up being the biggest losers as a result of NHL players not being able to go to Beijing for the games this year. There are so many guys we could list off. I was just trying to think if we can have a discussion on-- on some of those guys here.
I mean, there's one very obvious name that I'll throw out here just to start. It's-- it's Steven Stamkos, who missed out in 2010, missed out in 2014, missed out in 2018. And it's looking very likely he will probably miss out on 2022. And in 2026, I don't know how old is going to be. But unless John Cooper really believes in a Steven Stamkos who's very much going to be a veteran at that point-- again, I don't remember how old he is. But do you see Steven Stamkos playing in 2026?
I don't know. This-- this might have been his chance to do it. And he might miss out.