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NHL FINES WASHINGTON CAPITALS FOR VIOLATING COVID-19 PROTOCOLS

The NHL has fined the Washington Capitals for violating COVID-19 protocols. According to the league, it will cost the team $100,000

The fine is for "social interactions among team members who were in close contact and who were not wearing face coverings." This is the first NHL to be fined this season due to violating COVID-19 protocols, but unfortunately will likely not be the last. There have been plenty of NFL teams who have been fined for COVID protocol violations as well. The New Orleans Saints received the steepest penalty yet, as they were not only fined $500,000, but docked a seventh-round draft pick. Whether or not the NHL will be forced to have penalties that strict remains to be seen.



It makes perfect sense for the NHL to be very serious about this, given the fact that they do not want any of their players to contract the virus. On top of it being very dangerous, it also causes major scheduling issues for the league. The Dallas Stars have yet to play this season due to having multiple players test positive, while the Carolina Hurricanes have had to postpone games in recent days due to multiple positive tests as well.



COLTON PANKIW
JANUARY 20, 2021  (18H36)
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