Hockey is coming. It’s true! Training camp will start sometime later this month. Those dates have yet to be announced but that hasn’t stopped players from coming back to Warrior to practice and train.
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) September 1, 2021
In fact, some of these players had been training here since summer, even those from other teams who call Boston home like Torey Krug.
With hockey returning it’s natural to wonder what the Covid protocols will be for NHL players.
With each of the other fall sports detailing their protocols for player both vaccinated and unvaccinated against Covid, the NHL has been curiously quiet. Could it be that the NHL’s ability to get through to their players to get them vaccinated makes this unnecessary?
The NFL has been struggling to get their players vaccinated, with many expressing that it’s a personal choice or likely lost in the rampant misinformation that flows through social media. Only two teams so far have a 100% vaccination rate: Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Atlanta Falcons. Still with so many player opting so far to not get the shots, the NFL has set up a protocol and warned teams that if they have outbreaks, teams will have to forfeit games if they cannot reschedule within the 18-week schedule.
Yesterday, the NBA announced that vaccinated players will not need to undergo testing unless they exhibit symptoms. Unvaccinated players will have to undergo testing on game days and practice days, sometime having multiple tests per day. And that’s not all: those unjabbed players will have to stay away from the vaccinated players in dining experiences and travel.
Presumably, the NHL will come out with protocols soon.
Edit, Thursday 9:48pm: The NHL just dropped a 27-page memo regarding the Covid protocols for the 2021-22 season. As I have been dealing with a migraine this evening and since I wrote the article 6 hours prior to this point in time, I’ve decided to take this weekend to review the information and present it in Monday’s MFA.