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NHL Players On The Vaccine Policy

from Joshua Clipperton of the CP at TSN,

Vaccinated players that test positive in 2021-22 for COVID-19 will be treated as having hockey injuries and still get paid, while their unvaccinated counterparts are set to have their movements restricted on the road.

Regular testing for the coronavirus will continue for vaccinated players.

Canucks forward Jason Dickinson said the decision to role up his sleeve was an easy one.

"The vaccine works — it works," he said. "There's a lot of people that want to argue it. And I guess that's their right, but there's a lot of people that are losing their rights right now by having to wait (the unvaccinated) out.

"It's slowing down everybody else's life."

But Winnipeg Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck, whose team is fully vaccinated, said he felt pressured into getting the shot.

"I'm not anti-vaxx by any means, but I'd like to have that decision for myself," he said. "I had just gotten COVID and gotten over it, and then I had to get the (vaccine), which made me feel like I had COVID all over again. If I could have had at least some time to choose, maybe I would have got it (when) they recommend — three months later.

"I would have liked (the NHLPA) to have helped us a little more ... I just feel it could have been worked out a little bit better."


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Covid Protocols For This Season

via Michael Russo tweets,

Reading the NHL COVID-19 protocols, let's just say vaccinated and unvaccinated players will be treated very differently this season.

Different protocols, no pay if unvaccinated player gets sick, 50% of costs associated will be charged to players' share of HRR, etc.

NHL media that are fully vaccinated and masked will have access to players this season in the locker room, the NHL protocols say


added 7:10pm, from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

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Hearing Dates For Salary Arbitration

via the NHLPA,

The hearing dates have been set for the players who are scheduled to have Salary Arbitration cases held this year. Salary Arbitration hearings will be conducted from August 11 to 26.

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NHLPA Player Poll

TORONTO (June 17, 2021) – While hockey fans are enjoying an exciting postseason, the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) today unveiled its 2020-21 NHLPA Player Poll results on NHLPA.com.

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Evening Line- Brian Lawton

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All About The Players Emergency Fund

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Established some 75 years ago as a financial safety net for ex-players, PEFA is funded solely by fines and suspensions to the current working help, as meted the last couple of decades by the Department of Player Safety. It’s there if needed, and scores of ex-players have been helped through the years, albeit through the unintended largesse of the bad characters who continue to make their donations....

Headed into the weekend, according to Daly’s figures, roughly $600,000 in fines and suspension were assessed in the first two months of this season....

As long as there are the Wilsons of the world, and a fan appreciation for violence, there’s little chance of a funding shortage. Some years just yield bigger bounties than others.

“The fund — which pre-dates me by many years — has been instrumental in helping a lot of players,” Daly said. “I think since 1990 we’ve had in excess of 400 players, or player families, or people from the NHL family, who have received assistance from the fund.”

Ex-NHL executive, and for years the league’s one-man disciplinarian committee, Brian O’Neill oversaw PEAF long into his retirement from his day-to-day administrative duties. His successor, Hall-of-Fame center Pat LaFontaine, now 56, is now president and runs the fund with six other board members — three each from the league and player union sides.

“Pat is perfect for this job,” Daly said. “First of all, he stays in touch with the all the players. He has it deep down in his heart, the right and wrong, and he’s very sensitive and sympathetic to issues that players go through. He’s been fantastic so far. And … he’s lived it.”

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The NHL/NHLPA Involved In Study Of COVID-19 Cardiac Effects

NEW YORK/TORONTO (March 4, 2021) – The NHL, MLB, MLS, NBA, NFL and WNBA today issued the following joint statement:

The study published today by JAMA Cardiology is an illustration of the collaboration among medical experts at MLB, MLS, NBA, NHL, NFL and WNBA and our respective Players’ Associations over the past year. Since the onset of the pandemic, we have worked more closely together than ever to share lessons learned to ensure the best possible care for players.

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Let Us In

added 1:05pm, Mark Scheifele chimes in

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Evening Line- Donald Fehr

“Assuming the Olympics go forward in the ordinary course, you can always envision scenarios in which something would happen that would change the equation," Fehr said, as reported by ESPN.

“But I don't see it. I expect that players will be there, and it will be a dramatic return to the international stage for us.”

-Donald Fehr, executive director of the NHLPA.  Neil Shefferd of inside the games has more.

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Donald Fehr Cautiously Looking Ahead

from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

As Donald Fehr looks towards the new calendar year and all the promise of hope that it brings, the head of the National Hockey League Players’ Association is optimistic about what lies ahead.

Fehr believes that the shortened regular season will begin as planned on Jan. 13. He is confident that, with the global administration of a vaccine for COVID-19, more and more fans will be allowed into hockey arenas by the time the NHL playoffs start in the spring. And he expects that whatever is waiting around the corner — whether it’s a rash of positive cases or provincial closures or something even worse — that the league and the players will be able to adapt and roll with the punches.

At the same time, he’s also not leaving anything to chance.

“I’m keeping my fingers and toes crossed, as we all are,” Fehr said in a phone interview with Postmedia. “Stay out of harm’s way. Don’t do anything stupid just because things are starting to look better. But we’ve been through so much, it’s time for some good luck.”...

As much as the NHL would like to point to the success of the playoffs as proof that the league can begin the regular season in the middle of a pandemic, what the league has planned is not exactly bubble hockey.

There won’t be any hub cities this time around. Teams will be traveling across state and provincial lines, entering areas that have varying degrees of COVID-19. And they will be doing it for more than just a couple of months.

It seems inevitable that players are going to contract the virus and that some games will probably get postponed. But with the vaccine now available, it also seems inevitable that the cases within Canada and the U.S. will soon start to decrease.

Then again, it might not happen as quickly as everyone wants it to.

What if things don’t get better right away? What if they get worse? What if the players, who will be sharing buildings with the NBA, start contracting the coronavirus at levels that force the league into not only postponing games but also re-evaluating its plan on playing out the season?

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