Cale Makar Finally Speaks Out on Possibly not joining the olympic team

Julien Trekker
February 6, 2024  (2:11 PM)

Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar during a game.
Photo credit: Sportsnet

As the 2018 WJC Team Canada Junior Scandal continues to be the talk of the town, Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar commented on Hockey Canada's decision to ban all players from the 2018 team from going to future events.


Hockey Canada Bans 2018 WJC Team Players From Future International Tournaments

As highlighted by Elliotte Friedman, Hockey Canada announced that they've decided to ban players from the 2018 edition of Team Canada Junior to ever be a part of their organization again.
Here's what Friedman said:
"As part of this statement, Hockey Canada says all players from that team remain suspended from international competition under its umbrella. Next year's Four Nations Faceoff is not part of this, as it is an NHL/NHLPA event"
Even if players will be able to take part in the NHL's Four Nations Faceoff Tournament, they won't get the chance to play in the Olympics.
Cale Makar commented on this issue.

Colorado Avalanche Star Defenseman Cale Makar Opens Up on 2018 WJC and Olympic Ban In New Interview


Makar, who reiterated many times that he wasn't involved in the scandal, provided more comments about the situation.
Here's what he said:
"It's tough. I've been told not to comment on that ongoing investigation. I've been straightforward from the start. I wasn't there. It was a very fortunate bounce to not obviously be a part of something like that. I'm just going to leave it to the people who are handling the work right now. I can't stress enough that I wasn't part of that."

We probably won't have much more details from players until the end of the legal procedure. It is unfortunate that Makar won't be able to represent Team Canada at the Olympics, but Hockey Canada will certainly make sure to do everything right from now on and won't take any risk of further tarnishing their image.