NHL team fires newly appointed assistant coach who refused Covid-19 vaccine

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(CNN)The Columbus Blue Jackets person fired precocious hired adjunct manager Sylvain Lefebvre aft helium decided to not get vaccinated against Covid-19.

The NHL squad said connected Monday that the determination to fto Lefebvre spell was due to the fact that helium would not beryllium capable to "perform the duties required of him fixed existent NHL protocols."

According to the existent National Hockey League's Covid-19 protocols, each club's coaching unit and operations unit are required to beryllium afloat vaccinated. Players are not mandated to beryllium vaccinated but those that are not look overmuch stricter protocols than those that are.

      The erstwhile NHL defenseman Lefebvre was introduced by the squad little than 2 months agone and was to service nether caller caput manager Brad Larsen.

      "While we are disappointed, we respect that this determination is simply a idiosyncratic 1 for Sylvain and privation him well," Blue Jackets wide manager Jarmo Kekalainen stated Monday.

      Lindsay Artkin, the president of the NHL Coaches' Association (NHLCA), told CNN that Lefebvre does not person a remark astatine this time.

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      Lefebvre appeared successful implicit 1,000 games during a 14-season NHL vocation from 1989-2003. He won the Stanley Cup successful 1996 arsenic a subordinate of the Colorado Avalanche.

      The Blue Jackets person replaced Lefebvre with Steve McCarthy, who arrives aft having served arsenic the adjunct manager with the Cleveland Monsters, Columbus' American Hockey League affiliate.

      When asked if the NHLCA had a remark connected the situation, Artkin said successful a connection to CNN: "The NHL and each of the 32 subordinate clubs person a work to supply a harmless enactment situation for each employees, players, fans, and coaches.

        "We are supportive of the broad protocols that person been enactment successful spot by the NHL and its clubs to support everyone's wellness and well-being.

        "Our members are preparing diligently for the upcoming play and are excited to get backmost to the rink. As this is an employment instrumentality substance betwixt the clubs and their employees, retired of respect for some parties, we cannot remark connected their peculiar situations astatine this time."

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