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NHL says it never promised ‘relaxed’ COVID-19 protocols for vaccinated players after goalie Robin Lehner accuses the league of reversing course

The NHL on Wednesday confirmed it has not guaranteed loosened COVID-19 protocols for players who are vaccinated after Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Robin Lehner ripped the league for what he said were unkept promises.

“Nobody from the league has communicated to any player or club that any of our COVID protocols would be ‘relaxed’ for any player once he is vaccinated,” a league spokesman said.

The NFL, NBA and Major League Baseball have set vaccination thresholds to relax some protocols, such as mask-wearing and prohibition of outdoor dining, when a certain percentage of team personnel are fully inoculated against COVID-19.