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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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d ca's avatar

As I stated elsewhere:

The NHL is above all a business. It has been hit the hardest of all the leagues because of COVID (7 of 32 teams are in a different country with different regulations unlike other pro sports)—it’s indoors and mainly gate driven because it doesn’t have the TV broadcast revenues.

The NHLPA’s well-being comes from it’s members being paid by the business. It’s core is to keep it’s members safe.

So of course there is going to be pressure from both sides to get vaccinated and it’s a giant balancing act that gets a lot more complicated when you let fans in the doors of these buildings.

Players were/are given the opportunity to opt out by Oct 1st where they would either have their contracts pushed a year or burned through one year—owner’s choice. The NHLPA arranged epidemiologists as speakers and experts to craft the NHL’s protocols.

The players have health insurance including virtual visits that are available 24x7 where they can discuss this with a health professional.

What more does it take?

Posted by d ca on 09/24/21 at 12:27 AM ET

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