Covid cases may constantly be rising, but not everyone is seeking vaccination.
The Columbus Blue Jackets have parted ways with assistant coach Sylvain Lefebvre after he refused to get vaccinated against Covid-19.
The team released a statement on Monday saying that “Lefebvre has decided not to receive a COVID-19 vaccine and thus, will not be able to perform the duties required of him given current NHL protocols.”
The current National Hockey League’s Covid-19 protocols mandate that every team’s coaching and operations staff are fully vaccinated. Players don’t have to be vaccinated, but there are stricter protocols for those who refuse to take the shot.
Lefebvre had signed a three-year-contract with the Blue Jackets in June and was touted by management as someone who would bring “experience” and a “family vibe” to the team, according to an NBC News online article. His NHL career spanned from 1989-2003 and he appeared in over 1,000 games. He is also a Stanley Cup Champion.
“While we are disappointed, we respect that this decision is a personal one for Sylvain and wish him well,” said Blue Jackets general manager, Jarmo Kekalainen.
Lefebvre will be replaced by Steve McCarthy, a Cleveland Monsters associate coach and former NHL defenseman.
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