The NHL discovered “a longtime violation of, and lack of compliance with, the NHL/NHLPA COVID-19 Protocol,” in accordance with the reviews. The NHLPA is the league’s gamers’ affiliation.
NHL gamers are usually not required to be vaccinated however are extremely inspired to take action. Gamers selecting to stay unvaccinated are topic to extra stringent protocols this season.
In accordance with the NHL’s Covid-19 protocols, unvaccinated gamers may very well be topic to suspension and forfeit of pay for every single day they’re unable to take part, if the participant assessments constructive for coronavirus or is deemed an in depth contact of a Covid-19 constructive case. By comparability, a completely vaccinated participant who assessments constructive or is an in depth contact might be handled as a hockey damage and can nonetheless be paid.
Final week, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman mentioned there are 4 gamers who haven’t been vaccinated towards Covid-19.
The league additionally introduced that its concurrent investigation into home abuse allegations towards Kane made by his estranged spouse couldn’t be substantiated.
Kane issued a press release by way of the NHL Gamers’ Affiliation.
“I wish to apologize to my teammates, the San Jose Sharks group, and all Sharks followers for violating the NHL COVID protocols,” Kane mentioned. “I made a mistake, one I sincerely remorse and take accountability for.”
“Throughout my suspension, I’ll proceed to take part in counseling to assist me make higher selections sooner or later,” Kane mentioned. “When my suspension is over, I plan to return to the ice with nice effort, willpower, and love for the sport of hockey.”
Kane’s suspension will hold him off the ice till at the least November 30, throughout which period he’ll miss greater than 1 / 4 of the NHL’s 82-game season.
Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly described the NHL’s Covid-19 protocols. The league doesn’t require gamers to be vaccinated however extremely encourages them to take action. In accordance with the NHL’s Covid-19 protocols, unvaccinated gamers may very well be topic to suspension and forfeit of pay for every single day they’re unable to take part, if the participant assessments constructive for coronavirus or is deemed an in depth contact of a Covid-19 constructive case.