Alex Ovechkin and three other Washington Capitals, including Evgeni Kuznetsoz, were added to the NHL unavailable because of to the COVID checklist, but not simply because they tested positive. The players, which include Ovechkin and Kuznetsov, collected in a hotel home without the need of facial area coverings.
The team was fined $100,000 for the infraction, “which concerned social interactions among the crew customers who had been in near get hold of and who were not donning deal with coverings,” in accordance to the NHL assertion.
When neither the crew nor the league cited a precise day for the incident, it transpired both for the duration of Washington’s first two games in Buffalo or the previous two game titles in Pittsburgh. On Saturday, Washington was in Pittsburgh, and PHN learned from sources that Washington had a group evening meal Saturday evening.
Nonetheless, there is no affirmation on when the transgression happened.
Ovechkin, Kuznetsov, goalie Ilya Samsonov, and defenseman Dmitri Orlov had been all put on the listing one particular working day soon after shedding to the Penguins at PPG Paints Arena, 5-4 in OT.
The Washington Capitals assertion:
Our instruction personnel has worked incredibly challenging to generate a protected ecosystem for our gamers and workers to be in a position to compete this season. We are unhappy by our players’ alternative to interact in their hotel place and outside the house of team accepted regions. We take the NHL’s selection and as soon as once again will reiterate the COVID-19 Protocols in position to make absolutely sure the players are in full compliance shifting ahead.
I regret my preference to shell out time together with my teammates in our lodge space and away from the locker room regions. I will learn from this encounter.
There is significant issue that hockey players are a lot more very easily ready to transmit the virus whilst at the rink. A December report in the Washington Article theorized the drier air and fewer humidity on the ice permits the virus to spread far more very easily.
The Washington Submit report on COVID at hockey rinks cited issues currently being investigated and was not a conclusive examine.
As portion of the new NHL COVID-19 protocols place in put for the 2020-21 NHL time, groups ought to secure an supplemental two lodge rooms on road visits in the function of a constructive COVID-19 exam. Gamers no more time share rooms. Players are only permitted to go to the rink and lodge on road excursions. No other locations, together with bars, places to eat, clubs, are permitted.
Gamers are at this time examined day by day and will be for the very first four weeks of the year. Right after the very first month, the NHL and NHLPA agreed to critique the circumstance to manage day by day tests or decrease it.
For each NHL protocols, players may collect in permitted places, but not in close quarters these as a resort place devoid of a mask. It is currently unclear if the players will be obtainable for the Washington Capitals property opener on Friday.