The NHL has found “an established violation and lack of compliance with the NHL / NHLPA COVID-19 protocol,” according to reports. The AJLNH is the association of league players.
NHL players are not required to be vaccinated, but are strongly encouraged to do so. Players who choose to remain unvaccinated are subject to more stringent protocols this season.
According to the NHL’s Covid-19 protocols, unvaccinated players could be subject to suspension and lost wages for each day they cannot participate, if the player tests positive for the coronavirus or is considered close contact of a positive Covid-19 case. For comparison, a fully vaccinated player who tests positive or is in close contact will be treated as a hockey injury and will still be paid.
Last week, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said there were four players who had not been vaccinated against Covid-19.
The league also announced that its simultaneous investigation into the allegations of domestic violence against Kane made by his ex-wife could not be substantiated.
Kane released a statement through the NHL Players Association.
“I would like to apologize to my teammates, the San Jose Sharks organization and all Sharks fans for breaking NHL COVID protocols,” Kane said. “I made a mistake, a mistake I sincerely regret and take responsibility for.”
“During my suspension, I will continue to participate in consultations to help me make better decisions in the future,” Kane said. “When my suspension is over, I plan to return to the ice with a lot of effort, determination and love for hockey.
Kane’s suspension will keep him out of the ice until at least November 30, during which time he will miss more than a quarter of the 82-game NHL season.
Correction: A previous edition of this story incorrectly described the NHL’s Covid-19 protocols. The league does not require players to be vaccinated but strongly encourages them to do so. According to the NHL’s Covid-19 protocols, unvaccinated players could be subject to suspension and lost wages for each day they cannot participate, if the player tests positive for the coronavirus or is considered close contact of a positive Covid-19 case.
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