May 23, 2022

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NHL Players: No Vaccine, No Pay?

NHL Players: No Vaccine, No Pay?

National Hockey League (NHL) players are strongly recommended to be vaccinated, otherwise some restrictions may be imposed on them.

The call from the NHL Players’ Association (NHLA) lasted for over an hour last week, and according to Athletic, discussions have begun on payroll reductions for non-vaccinated players.

Other penalties, such as banning access to certain areas in Canada or the United States, may prevent unvaccinated individuals from crossing the border.

On Monday, Canada opened its border to Americans or Canadians living in the United States who were tested negative for coronavirus if they were fully vaccinated or 72 hours before their arrival.

Perspective changed

The NHL wants to take all measures to prevent its operations from ceasing in the season beginning in October. It must first go through its main actors and players.

For some, it’s about time.

“I was worried about getting vaccinated during the year because I heard stories that the side effects would be more severe in those who already had the virus,” said one player who went through the protocol. NHL COVID-19 on the athletic site. After that, we went into the playoffs and I was not at risk of getting vaccinated, especially not having to be tested for 90 days after being infected with the virus. ”

With demand from the NHLPA, some will undoubtedly have to choose their right not to be vaccinated or the right to skate on icy surfaces to practice their profession.

“If we’ve not paid or our teams have a chance to suspend us, it’s definitely going to make you think differently, the vaccinated player agreed. My impression? Now almost everyone is vaccinated.”

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“It puts a little bit of pressure on everyone,” another player said. You should not cause your team to play with a lesser person or stay in a hotel like last year. ”

A team leader also thinks in this direction and believes that targeting the right places is enough.

“When you attack them at the portfolio level, people change their mind,” he said.

The right way

NHL Assistant Commissioner Bill Daly said more than 85% of active players on the Betmann Tour were vaccinated. The WNBA has a 99% rate and the NFL and NBA have about 90%. Towards the main league baseball, it is almost 85%.