Blue Jackets fire assistant coach Sylvain Lefebvre, longtime NHL defenseman, for COVID-19 vaccine refusal

Lefebvre, who played 14 seasons as a defenseman in the NHL, was fired after just signing a new deal as the team’s assistant coach in June.

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While we are disappointed, we respect that this decision is a personal one for Sylvain and wish him well,” club general manager and Alternate Governor Jarmo Kekalainen said in a ステートメント.

Todd Sharrock, the team’s vice president of communications, 言った NBCニュース that decision came as a result of the league’s updated COVID protocols earlier this month.

Protocols were sent to clubs at the beginning of September,” 彼は言った. “The protocols state in part that ‘any person whose job, 役割, position or access entails or entitles them to have personal interactions (以内に 12 足) with Club Hockey Operations personnel (including Players) must be fully vaccinated.’

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The NHL announced stricter policies for the 2021-2022 season in which unvaccinated players could be suspended without pay if they cannot participate in team activities. Fully vaccinated players will have any COVID-19 positives treated as hockey injuries and still be paid.

Players will not be mandated to get the vaccine but coaches and other team staff who work closely with them will.

League officials estimated that between 90 そして 95% of players are fully vaccinated or will be before training camps begin later this month.

Lefebvre, 53, played for the モントリオールカナディアンズ, トロントメープルリーフス, New York Rangers そしてその Colorado Avalanche, where he won the Stanley Cup in 1996.

He began his coaching career in 2009. He will be replaced by former NHL defenseman Steve McCarthy.

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