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The NHLPA’strongly encourages’ players to get completely vaccinated, and warns that failure to do so could result in serious sanctions.

According to Michael Russo and Katie Strang of The Athletic, the NHL Players’ Association “highly pushed” players to get completely vaccinated against COVID-19 last week and warned them of potential consequences if they did not.
If players are not vaccinated and contract COVID-19 during the 2021-22 season, they may forfeit salary.
The Athletic notes that teams may withhold salary if an unvaccinated athlete is unable to accompany his team on road trips where municipal or federal authorities demand vaccination to enter.
“That puts a lot of pressure on everyone,” a player who did not want to be identified told The Athletic.
“You don’t want to be the reason your team is shorthanded or forced to stay in your hotel like last season,” many player agents told The Athletic. “They have urged their clients” to follow vaccine recommendations.
Players who are unsure about the immunization should speak with their doctors, according to the agents.
More than 85% of NHL players have been completely immunized, according to NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly.
Yet, this is lower than the other main professional sports leagues in North America.
The NFL, like the NBA, has a vaccination percentage of around 90%.
According to The Athletic, the NHL is unlikely to require players to be vaccinated.
Unvaccinated players, on the other hand, may face tougher restrictions and protocols.
The NHL and NHLPA are still debating protocols for the 2019 season, but with the delta variation on the rise across the country, those protocols could be identical to last season’s.
According to The New York Times, more than 128,000 new COVID-19 cases were recorded on Friday.
That’s a 66% rise in the last 14 days.
Furthermore, 651 deaths were reported on Friday, an increase of 116% in just 14 days.