Vancouver Connex forward J.D. Miller His team considers rushing to the ice after the eruption of COVID-19, which he says is “dangerous to a lot of players”.
Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Miller said, “If you ask me, it would not be very safe.
Miller added: “It’s kind of disgusting if I’m being honest with you. We’ve trying to talk about the health of the players and the safety of their families in the first place.
Conax has not played since March 24 as the team was destroyed by an explosion involving a variant of the virus. Many players were symptomatic. The team is back on the ice this week, with a game scheduled for Friday against the Vancouver Oilers. To complete its 56-game schedule, Vancouver must play its remaining 19 games in 31 days.
“It’s kind of crazy,” Miller said. “I know everyone has work to do, but expect our entire team to be ready to play the same practice, and pre-game skate is a little harder to understand.”
One player told ESPN on Tuesday that although doctors said he was no longer infected after contracting the virus, he was still experiencing some effects such as brain fog. Despite worrying about the “unknown”, the player told ESPN that he planned to play with the team again.
All soldiers must be cleared by a cardiologist and a team doctor before returning to the ice.
Miller was one of the few players at Connaught who did not test positive for COVID-19.
“Mentally, for me, this has not been an easy year,” Miller said. “I ‘ve been coming to 50 Days of Isolation for the last year. It’s been a difficult journey for a lot of people. I’m definitely thinking about my teammates and their families every day.
As of Wednesday, there were seven more Canucks players on the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol list; Nine players were fired a day earlier.
“I hope people don’t take this the wrong way, I’m a super competitive guy,” said Miller, a nine-year NHL veteran who played for the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning. “But it’s not about hockey for our team. It’s about the health and safety of our players, their families and their children. It’s not about making playoffs.”
To accommodate the Canucks games, the NHL Northern Division has now closed its schedule with May 16; The regular season was originally scheduled to end on May 11th.
The NHL said the three US-based divisions have a chance to start the Stanley Cup playoffs, while the Northern Division ends the regular season game.
They are 10 points behind the Montreal Canadians for fourth place playoff spot in the Northern Division.
Many of the affected veterans and their families had symptoms, some of which included fatigue, body aches, colds and dehydration. Sources told ESPN that at least one player needed an IV. Miller said he had some team members “having difficulty breathing up and down the steps.”
Players in the United States have begun to be vaccinated, although the rollout in Canada has been very slow.
General manager Jim Penning said last week that none of the Canucks players had said they wanted to leave the season.
“I know talking to players, they care about their families and things, and we get that,” Benning said. “But these guys, they’m competing guys, they want to play again when they know they ‘re going to be safe, and their families are going to be safe.”