NHL’s Impressive Vaccination Status

27 of the NHL’s 32 teams are fully vaccinated

What You Need to Know

The NHL season starts in 15 days, and league officials are pleased with its players’ vaccination status, The Boston Globe reports. Here’s what you need to know.

84%: 27 of the NHL’s 32 teams are 100% vaccinated. Detroit, Edmonton, New Jersey, and San Jose are the only four teams that expect to start the season with any unvaccinated players on their rosters.

10-15: That’s how many players among more than 700 that the NHL anticipates not being fully vaccinated when the season starts.

9 Games: That’s how many games one unvaccinated New Jersey Devil will miss this season, as unvaccinated players are not permitted to play north of the border. The Devils have not yet revealed the name of this “high profile” player.

2: Only two NHL buildings will not operate at fully capacity, Matt Porter writes for The Globe. “Because of vaccinations, every NHL building will open at 100 percent capacity except two in Canada: Montreal’s Bell Centre (33 percent) and Vancouver’s Rogers Arena (50 percent). Ten of 32 will require proof of vaccination. Eight will require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test (this includes TD Garden). Fourteen of 32 won’t require any documentation for entry. Twenty-one of 32 will require masks for all fans.”

Bottom Line: NHL officials should feel about as good as they can expect to in the midst of a global pandemic ahead of Oct. 12. With anti-vaccination sentiment still plaguing the MLB, NFL and NBA, the NHL has far and away been the most successful of the four major sports in getting its players vaccinated.

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