Detroit Red Wings’ Tyler Bertuzzi in COVID-19 protocol – .

Detroit Red Wings’ Tyler Bertuzzi in COVID-19 protocol – .

Detroit Red Wings forward Tyler Bertuzzi, the only unvaccinated NHL player, has been placed on COVID-19 protocol. The Wings broke the news on Wednesday, about half an hour before their game against the Seattle Kraken at Little Caesars Arena.
General Manager Steve Yzerman announced ahead of the season that Bertuzzi has decided not to get the COVID-19 vaccine. The NHL said there were four such players at the start of the season and three have since started the vaccination process.

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Bertuzzi is the third Wings player to enter protocol this season. Dylan Larkin was taken out of the Nov. 16 game in Dallas when a test came back positive, but further testing found it to be a false positive. Defenseman Danny DeKeyser entered protocol ahead of the Thanksgiving game.
Bertuzzi is a top player and has nine goals and nine assists in 20 games. His unvaccinated status means he cannot travel to Canada under current border restrictions, so he missed two games in Montreal and one in Toronto. The Wings lost all three. Bertuzzi described it as a “lifestyle choice” not to get the vaccine. Bertuzzi announced on Instagram in September that he and his fiancee were expecting a baby in March.

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