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Detroit Red Wings forward Tyler Bertuzzi made news at the start of last season when it was revealed he was the only player on the roster who had not been vaccinated against COVID-19, and the only active NHL player to have made that choice. Because of his decision, he was barred from participating in his team's games north of the Canadian border.
And now, Bertuzzi is joined by a certain young defenseman from the New York Islanders organization by the name of Bode Wilde, whom was selected by New York with the 41st overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft. Hard nosed Islanders executive Lou Lamoriello is refusing to allow Wilde to participate in his squad's upcoming Training Camp.
And despite a recent rule change from the National Hockey League that clearly states “no player shall be denied opportunities to participate in Club Activities on the basis of their vaccination status", Lamoriello is steadfast in not changing his mind over his decision to ban the 22 year old Wilde from appearing with the rest of his teammates on the ice later this month.
Take a look at the report from Stefen Rosner with NYI Hockey Now:
"Despite the NHL’s rule change on vaccinated players, that does not mean that the New York Islanders are satisfied with Wilde’s decision to remain unvaccinated. In Montreal, before the start of the 2022 NHL Draft, Lamoriello was asked about the game plan for Bode Wilde in 2022-23.
Lamoriello said things were still in limbo and that it all had to do with Wilde’s vaccination status as the longtime NHL executive was unwilling to budge on his decision."
Due to his having not received the COVID-19 vaccination, Wilde played last season in Sweden with Vasterviks IK. The Islanders will begin Training Camp on September 21.