The Sport Effect

NHL making big changes to COVID protocols

New protocols will commence right after the All-Star Game.

Several outlets are reporting on Tuesday that the NHL and NHLPA have agreed to stop administering COVID-19 tests to players who are asymptomatic right after Feb. 3.

The league’s present-day COVID-19 protocols expected to stay in place until Feb. 3, on the other hand.

Also, the NHL will only mandate that players are examined ahead of accompanying their staff on cross-border vacation to/from Canada.

The NHL and NHLPA are expected to meet up with on Jan. 31 to finalize these modifications.

More than 100 online games have been postponed mainly because about 70 % of players have examined optimistic for COVID-19 throughout the 2021-22 frequent year already.

The NHL and NHLPA also pulled out of the 2022 Beijing Winter season Olympics in huge element mainly because of problems about COVID.

As lots of teams near the mid-stage of their frequent year, the NHL is hoping to transfer ahead with fewer online games needing to be moved. Some teams, exclusively the New York Islanders, have a range of online games that need to have to be built up.

The NHL ideas to use the scheduled split in February that would have been when players were being in Beijing to reschedule some of the online games that had been postponed.