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San Jose Sharks Associate Coach Rocky Thompson Won’t Be With The Team This Season

SAN JOSE, CA - The San Jose Sharks announced today that Associate Coach Rocky Thompson is no longer serving as a member of the Sharks coaching staff.

"Due to a medical exemption that prevents me from taking the COVID-19 vaccine, under the new League protocols, I am not permitted to fulfill my duties on the Sharks coaching staff at this time," said Thompson. "I will have no further comment on this matter."

The Sharks will be announcing a replacement for Thompson in the near future.

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Down River Dan's avatar

If he truly has a “medical” condition which precludes him from being vaccinated, I apologize, but this statement smells very fishy.

I would like to think that if it were truly a medical condition,  the team might find a way to keep him on the payroll and have him perform some type video/remote coaching. It doesn’t sound like that is the case here.

It’s an individual’s right to refuse the vaccine, but sometimes there are consequences for one’s actions…..or at least there should be…. confused

Posted by Down River Dan on 09/03/21 at 08:20 PM ET

Chet's avatar

Guy just lost his job. Seems a big consequence to me. Agree it seems like he’s probably just stubborn and the Sharks fired him into the sun as a result.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 09/03/21 at 10:11 PM ET

TeamDub's avatar

Yeah, it’s totally bonkers that someone might not want to take an experimental gene therapy, which doesn’t even work, for a flu virus with a 99+% recovery rate.

Sign me up!

Posted by TeamDub from The gratch. on 09/03/21 at 10:55 PM ET

Chet's avatar

Yeah, not having this argument here, but everything you just said is *#$%@& nonsense. Reserve your ICU bed, they’re going fast!

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 09/04/21 at 01:02 AM ET

ilovehomers's avatar

“Among the new protocols was a mandate that any person whose job, role, position or access entails or entitles them to have interactions within 12 feet of players must be fully vaccinated.”

From: https://www.sportsnet.ca/nhl/sharks-associate-coach-thompson-no-longer-staff-due-new-covid-19-protocols/sn-amp/?__twitter_impression=true

Posted by ilovehomers on 09/04/21 at 06:28 AM ET

Royal Grand Exalted PooBah's avatar

Nah….  This is bonkers


Ted said it best.  “The crows will be picking at your flesh and you have no control over the situation.
Hahahahahahaha. “

Thats me laughing at the stupid.

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 09/04/21 at 08:07 AM ET

SauceBoss's avatar

Posted by TeamDub from The gratch. on 09/03/21 at 11:55 PM ET

This isn’t parlor. Choose somewhere else to spew your nonsense theories


The nhl as a whole lost a lot of revenue last year. If the owners don’t start making money again then no one will be getting paid. Players, coaches, staff, arena workers, etc. It would be a liability if they let unvaccinated employees, who could potentially have the virus, around the players/staff. The nhlpa is on board with this too.

It’s all about the money. Whatever it takes to get back to normal and gets fans in the seats again. They believe vaccines are the best choice to do that. Rocky has a right not to get one and that’s his choice but now he’s giving up a nice six figure job because of it. Good luck to him in the future

Posted by SauceBoss on 09/04/21 at 10:56 AM ET

Steeb's avatar

If you’re curious, here is a list by the CDC of legit medical exemptions. It’s… not a long list.


Posted by Steeb on 09/04/21 at 12:32 PM ET

TeamDub's avatar

Don’t let any facts get in the way of your breathless posturing…


Posted by TeamDub from The gratch. on 09/05/21 at 06:28 AM ET

TeamDub's avatar

Yeah, not having this argument here, but everything you just said is *#$%@& nonsense. Reserve your ICU bed, they’re going fast!

Please enlighten me.

Precisely what is nonsense? Please provide sources and not opinion. I’d be happy to do the same.

Posted by TeamDub from The gratch. on 09/05/21 at 06:30 AM ET

Steeb's avatar

Posted by TeamDub

Hoo boy.

If Twitter is your source, then you have bigger problems.

And what part of “not having this discussion here” eludes you?

Posted by Steeb on 09/05/21 at 11:08 AM ET

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