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No Canada For Tyler Bertuzzi

09/22/2021 at 2:11pm EDT

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings play nine games in Canada this season, and as of now, they will be without one of their best players for all of them.

That is because Tyler Bertuzzi is the lone Red Wing who has opted not to get vaccinated for COVID-19, general manager Steve Yzerman said Wednesday on the eve of training camp.

“The league has worked on protocols for vaccinated and non-vaccinated players that all teams and players are to follow,” Yzerman said. “Tyler will follow the protocols for non-vaccinated players, most significant is as of now and the foreseeable future you can’t enter Canada unless you’re vaccinated. So that obviously will be an issue when we play Canadian teams.”

Yzerman said Bertuzzi will be on the ice Thursday when the team opens camp in Traverse City.

“It’s his decision. That’s the world we live in today,” Yzerman said. “We can’t force anyone to get vaccinated. I’m vaccinated, my family is vaccinated, I’ll leave it at that. Tyler has his reasons. I respect the fact he has a choice and has made that choice. We’re going to work within the league’s protocols.”

Yzerman said the protocols for Bertuzzi include wearing a mask on the ice for practices and distancing himself from others in the gym and at team facilities.

continued, basically a wrap of today's media conference...

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