Players Are Upset & Fighting Against Some New Covid-19 Measures


The NHL has implemented new Covid-19 rules and some players have expressed their frustration. As you know, the glass has been removed from behind the players' bench to increase air flow. The league also requires players to arrive at the rink no earlier than 1 hour and 45 minutes prior to puck drop.

Players and teams do not seem to mind the removal of the glass from the bench in principle, but there is one main issue. It is now within the referee's discretion to determine if the puck would have went over the glass in a potential delay of game scenario. The discretion of referees is often subjective and may have negative implications to the game.

The requirement that players arrive no earlier than 1 hour and 45 minutes before puck drop has upset many players around the league. Some players arrive several hours before the game to prepare their mind and body for the game. The NHLPA is allegedly involved in discussions with the league about this new rule.

The Winnipeg Jets NHLPA rep, Andrew Copp has voiced himself on this issue. He is understanding of many of the new Covid-19 measures but feels that there is a risk of injury and to the quality of the product. He stated that players are not congregating outside of the rink or participating in public life. Players are said to be wearing masks at their workout facilities which is beyond the expectations of the league. The players are taking proper measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19, but Copp feels this rule implementation is detrimental to players and the quality of the game.
Photographer: Nick Turchiaro/Icon Sportswire 

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