Blue Jackets’ Zac Rinaldo not welcome to training camp due to vaccine status – .

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Blue Jackets’ Zac Rinaldo not welcome to training camp due to vaccine status – .


Blue Jackets forward Zac Rinaldo is not welcome at training camp in Columbus because he is not vaccinated against COVID-19, hockey operations president John Davidson said on Tuesday. He will join the AHL-affiliated Cleveland Monsters when their camp opens later this month.
Rinaldo spoke at an “anti-vaccine passport” rally last week in Hamilton, Ont., Saying, “I’m not anti-vax, I’m not anti-mask. I am pro-choice. “

“We’re going to have 67 players at camp, and they’re all fully vaccinated,” Davidson said. “This is a very important problem for us. It’s a team problem first. We win as a team and we lose as a team. Everything we do, we do together.

“We have a responsibility as leaders of the organization. We want our people to be vaccinated. We want them to wear masks as much as possible. “

“The ball is in his court right now,” added general manager Jarmo Kekalainen. “We do everything as a team. It is a requirement to be a Blue Jacket. We’re going with the group we have here, which is 100 percent vaccinated. We will see how it evolves. “

Rinaldo, 31, signed a two-way contract with Columbus as a free agent in August. He has 18 goals and 42 points in nine seasons in the NHL with five teams.

Last week, the Blue Jackets fired assistant coach Sylvain Lefebvre for not being “able to perform the duties incumbent upon him given current NHL protocols”, due to his decision not to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said Athleticism Last week, he expected the league to have fewer than 15 unvaccinated players by the start of the regular season next month.

Rinaldo’s agent Todd Reynolds declined to comment.

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