(Ottawa) The Canadian rookies played their first game on Saturday, but the team lost the only player to taste the NHL, forward Jesse Ylenen. We now know the reason for his absence.
Ylönen has not been vaccinated against COVID-19, confirmed Tap Canadian representative.
Since he had not been vaccinated, he was detained when he arrived in Finn, where he completed it. But the team felt he hadn’t skated enough because of his inaction. Ylönen, however, told a press conference after the Laval Rocket head coach Jean-Franకోois Howell match that he had trained with the Reserve Wists on Saturday morning.
The next step is uncertain. With the exception of a huge surprise or numerous injuries, Ylönen would have started the season in the American League, but was among the candidates for a recall. Last season, before the start of the playoffs, he was recalled for the final game of the season.
However, in the American League, “protocols have not been finalized,” a spokesman for the circuit said in an email.
For that matter, the NHL allows unvaccinated players to play, but the consequences can be severe if these players “do not participate in their team activities”.
Non-vaccinated NHL players can be suspended without pay if border sanctions actually prevent them from traveling, or if they are related to COVID-19, and it has been determined that this does not comply with the regulations. Protocols.
This information was found in a protocol established between the NHL and the Players’ Association, obtained by our colleague Elliott Friedman.
However, there are exceptions for players who are not vaccinated for medical or religious reasons. In Canadian, it has been suggested that Ylenen was not vaccinated “for reasons related to him”. At the time of writing, we have not received a response from his agent to our email seeking clarification.
In Quebec, a vaccine passport is required for ice hockey practice, but is not required “in the context of professional or high-level sports in accordance with protocols approved by the Minister of Health and Social Services” on the Website Website.
However, due to confinement, only vaccinated passengers are exempt, and participation in matches in the United States can be problematic. The Rocket will play 22 of their 72 games on American soil this season. If the federal embargo actually applied to professional hockey players, Ylönen could lose 30% of Laval games.
For that, the Hubs play 33 or 40% of their 82 games in the United States.
Obviously, the situation can change quickly, for example if a player decides to be vaccinated. The Rocket will play their first game in five weeks, October 23-24, in Providence and Bridgeport, United States. Accordingly, the hubs will cross the border in the second game of the season at Buffalo on October 14th.
Last week, NHL Assistant Commissioner Bill Daly said he felt that 10 or 15 players on the tour would not be vaccinated enough when the season began on October 12.
In an interview with Tap This week, the Canadian head coach, Dominique Ducharme, mentioned two cases [de joueurs non vaccinés] With young people last year. There is one person who has a high medical case. They have to find the right path. This is not a problem. ”
Jesse Ylenen was drafted in the second round (35)E Overall by Canadians in 2018. He scored 17 points (9 goals, 8 assists) in 29 games in the American League last season.