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By Mike HeikaAssociated PressNew York (AP) For the second straight day, the NHL’s Department of Player Safety has issued a warning to players and coaches that they should avoid playing during a game that’s expected to feature an NHL player.
“If you have any concerns regarding the health and safety of your teammates or any other player or coach, contact your league and/or the NHLPA immediately,” the warning reads.
“We want to ensure that we have a team that is prepared to play.”
While the league has not explicitly recommended that players not play during the game, it said in its memo to players that they “should not wear their uniforms during a pre-game warm-up session or practice,” and that players who have not worn their uniforms before the game should not be permitted to leave the rink until the warm-ups are complete.
“As a player and as a coach, I am not in a position to make any decision regarding a player’s participation in a pregame warmup,” the memo reads.
“I would like to remind you that pregame conditioning is not a mandatory part of the game for NHL players.
Any player who has a concussion will not be allowed to play during a practice or game.
Players should be allowed time to cool down and get back into the game.”
The memo is the latest in a series of reminders that the league is looking to keep players in the game.
In the wake of the horrific shooting of a policeman in Dallas on Sunday, players and their union have urged the league to provide greater support to players who are injured in violent situations.
They have called for more concussions testing to be conducted by the league and more medical attention to be given to players with serious injuries.
The NHLPA and NHL Players Association have also urged the commissioner to use the opportunity to discuss how to address concussion protocol in the upcoming season, but have said the league should be more transparent about its protocols.
The memo to all NHL players reads: “You should immediately notify your team of any concerns or concerns you have regarding your participation in any game during the pregame or postgame period.
It is important that you do this with the knowledge that the information you share will be shared with the league.
Please be mindful of the information sharing requirements of your contract and the league’s concussion protocol.”
Players who have played in games have had a tough week.
After the first day of the league season ended on Saturday, defenseman J.T. Compher was forced to miss the New York Rangers’ game against the Ottawa Senators because of a knee injury.
The Penguins star left the game at 11:59 p.m.
ET and did not return to the ice.
Heika: The NHL’s concussion protocols are changing, but players are still being advised to stay in the lineupThe Penguins star, who has two assists and two penalty minutes in five games, was also forced to sit out the final 10:39 of the Stars’ 3-2 overtime loss on Saturday against the Predators.