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Capitals fined for breaking NHL’s COVID-19 protocols: ‘We are disappointed by our players’

The NHL introduced on Wednesday that it had fined the Capitals $100,000 for violating the league’s COVID‑19 protocols. The difficulty concerned social interactions amongst crew members who have been in shut contact and who weren’t sporting face coverings, in accordance with a brief assertion.

Quickly after the crew had 4 members — Evgeny Kuznetsov, Dmitry Orlov, Alex Ovechkin, and Ilya Samsonov — on the NHL’s listing of gamers unavailable to observe or play in a sport as a result of COVID protocols.

Wednesday night time the crew launched statements additional enlightening which guidelines have been damaged.

“I remorse my option to spend time along with my teammates in our lodge room and away from the locker room areas. I’ll be taught from this expertise,” mentioned the assertion from Ovechkin, the Capitals’ captain and star ahead.

The crew added a observe of its personal: “Our coaching employees has labored extraordinarily onerous to create a protected surroundings for our gamers and employees to have the ability to compete this season. We’re disillusioned by our gamers’ option to work together of their lodge room and outdoors of crew permitted areas. We settle for the NHL’s resolution and as soon as once more will reiterate the COVID-19 Protocols in place to verify the gamers are in full compliance transferring ahead.”

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Whereas the 4 gamers are on the COVID protocol-related absences listing, it does not essentially imply there was a constructive check among the many group. These on the listing may be sitting out as a result of being a high-risk shut contact, having an unconfirmed constructive check, COVID-19-like signs or travel-related quarantine. 

Previous to the beginning of the season, the NHL revealed a number of complete protocol books outlining what was and what was not acceptable conduct throughout the season. Whereas it included info relating to gamers sporting face coverings and sustaining at the least six-feet of distancing, it additionally included a bit on membership journey protocol. As a part of that protocol, it clearly states: no particular person shall allow friends or different personnel of their room (except housekeeping or engineering employees, as wanted, which providers shall be offered whereas people aren’t current within the room).

The Capitals have been off on Wednesday (it was a beforehand scheduled off day) after taking part in Tuesday night time in Pittsburgh. They aren’t scheduled to play once more till Friday once they host the Sabres in the house opener to start a six-game homestand. Whether or not or not that sport, or the subsequent few, will go on has not been decided.

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The information comes a day after the Hurricanes-Predators sport was postponed following as 4 Canes gamers joined Jordan Staal on the crew’s COVID protocol-related absences listing. On Wednesday Carolina’s video games by means of Saturday, Jan. 23 have been been postponed. The Stars had their first 4 video games postponed after 17 payers examined constructive throughout coaching camp.

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