All Bruins players and staff are fully vaccinated, according to general manager Don Sweeney.
Last week, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said the league expected 98 percent of players to be fully vaccinated by the start of the season. League projections found that only 10-15 of the roughly 700 players won’t be vaccinated by the time the season begins Oct. 12.
Vaccination isn’t mandatory, but restrictions — travel between the United States and Canada could result in a lengthy quarantine for players who are not vaccinated — contributed to the number.
The NHL’s new COVID-19 protocols are harsh on the unvaccinated. Teams will be able to suspend unvaccinated players without pay if they cannot participate in hockey activities as part of the protocols, which could include games in Canada since Daly confirmed there is no exception in this case for the country’s quarantine rule.
Fully vaccinated players will have any COVID-19 positives treated as hockey injuries and will still be paid. Unvaccinated players also will have their movements restricted when on the road. And there will still be regular coronavirus testing for vaccinated players.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.