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San Jose Sharks coach forced to resign

Published September 4, 2021 at 10:30

Rocky Thompson, who is (was) acting as an associate coach for the San Jose Sharks had to resign because of a medical exemption that makes him ineligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Yeah, the National Hockey League is that strict in order to apply the protocol put in place to counter this too long global pandemic.

"Under the league's new protocols, I am not allowed to perform my duties on the Sharks' coaching staff at this time. I will have no further comment on that." -Rocky Thompson

Thompson has been with the California team since the 2020-2021 season, having served as the head coach of the Chicago Wolves prior to his arrival with the Sharks. He also served as head coach of the Windsor Spitfires for two seasons. Prior to his coaching career, he was a tough guy with the Medicine Hat Tigers before spending several seasons in the AHL. He played 25 games in the NHL with the Flames and the Panthers.

So, what does this protocol say? It's simple, anyone who has to work within 12 feet of the players must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. In addition, players who have not received the vaccine will not be allowed to go around when the team is on the road. They will have to stay inside their hotel room while the vaccinated players will be able to go out in town. They will not be allowed to leave the team bubble. That's it!
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