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We’ve reached the period in NHL history where the league will postpone games for a fully vaccinated hockey roster. Ottawa Sun columnist Bruce Garrioch reported Monday that the Ottawa Senators will have games this week against the Devils, Predators and Rangers postponed because the team has 10 players in COVID protocol.
Garrioch noted in a weekend report on the Senators COVID issues that before a recent three-city trip to “COVID-19 hotspots” of Dallas, Chicago and St. Paul, Minn., team GM Pierre Dorion made “a point of going to the dressing room to speak with the group before the Senators went on that trip. He told them the best bet was to proceed with caution while on the road and to stay with teammates as much as possible.”
It’s unclear how many of the 10 players are showing COVID symptoms or if they’re asymptomatic.
The NHL will postpone games vs. New Jersey Tuesday along with Thursday vs. Nashville and Rangers here in Ottawa Saturday because of the COVID-19 outbreak with 10 players in protocol. The club has cancelled its flight to New Jersey. #Sens
— Bruce Garrioch (@SunGarrioch) November 15, 2021
And so here’s the NHL, which had all but FOUR players across the entire league vaccinated in mid-October, canceling games due to a virus that the players are vaccinated against.
“Our vaccination rate is incredible,” league commissioner Gary Bettman said in October. “Four players, not four percent of players. All of our officials are vaccinated. All of the personnel that come into contact with the players are vaccinated.”
That’s right, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more vaccinated league than the NHL. Vaccines on top of vaccines. SHOTS, SHOTS, SHOTS. We’re talking a 99% vaccination rate, folks.
Back in Ottawa, the team had gone back to babysitting its players by instituting a bubble scenario where players were told not to leave the hotel during a trip to Boston and meals were brought in.