What we know right now about the NHL and COVID-19

Already in July I wrote an article about the crossroads of sport, hygiene and KOVID-19. Many of these are still relevant, e.g. frequent testing, facial coating and thorough cleaning of traffic areas can reduce the risk of infection. Some of them write a lot about COVID-19 a few months after the outbreak in the United States, that is, the former Houston Street pitcher was right to say that they would not end up sneezing in the first division of baseball.

(Especially at a championship party, it turns out…)

Months later, of course, we still don’t know enough about the KOVID-19 accumulation, but the professional sports leagues have learned a lot by using different methods to start, restart and close their seasons.

At this point, we know how the virus is transmitted. We know how to create a secure environment to prevent data transfer. We know how to use diagnostic tests to quickly identify positive people. We have the best treatment and we have a reliable pipeline of vaccines, Dr. Isaac the Gods told me last week.

During the pandemic, I spoke to God several times. He is a physician and infectious disease researcher at the Toronto General Hospital Research Institute, which has advised the NHL and Major League Football Association and helped them develop return-to-play protocols for KOVID-19. He also has the charming clinical ability to speak as he is, which I appreciate.

We got back together because I wanted to gauge his confidence in the 2020-21 NHL season.

He said it was high. In addition to what we have now, there are likely to be many positive changes between now and the end of the hockey season. I think we’re in good shape.

Given the current rate of infection, a positive prognosis by an infectious disease specialist may seem somewhat unpleasant. But Bogoch explained his vision of the world, at least when it comes to hockey.

What have we learned about KOVID-19 and the NHL since March?

Bogoce says the obvious: Meeting people in confined spaces without adequate security measures can increase the risk of infection under these conditions. He said, however, that we know how to prevent most of this, with everything from masks to increased air circulation to social distance guidelines.

We learned a lot more about the lower chance of a Covid-19 infection. Remember how you wiped every inch of your house with some kind of dried meat disinfectant from a local distillery? Together with other epidemiologists, Bogotch is looking into the transmission of COVID-19 via surface contact.

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Yeah, we need to wipe surfaces with high contact. But the transfer by direct contact [with surfaces] is much less risky than originally thought. It looks much more like an infection in the air from person to person than that, Godach said. We simply have a better understanding of the circumstances of the transmission of this virus and what we can do to really protect people from it.

When it comes to cleaning these surfaces, epidemiologists feel that the common expression of sanitary and hygienic theatre, i.e. spraying and disinfection, sometimes for demonstration purposes, goes too far.

When the NHL comes back, they’ll probably come back with some of that hygienic cinema in the locker rooms and the arenas. But according to Bogotch, the focus shouldn’t be on moving in the arena, but on the fact that Kovid-19 can’t even enter the building.

This is clear, but it should not be imposed, because there are many ways to convey it. Once inside, the most likely transmission areas are those that suggest actual proximity over a long period of time. Thus, in addition to the bank, the changing room is also an obvious risk zone. They have players who train, they suffer from punches and punches, and it’s only the potential of someone infected to be more easily transferred by the punches and punches that come with the exercises, he said.

What is the status of the research?

God believes that frequent diagnostic examination and screening is still essential, especially given the daily frequency with which NHL is used for bladder problems. Currently, the most commonly used method for rapid testing is a smear from the nose, nasopharynx or oral cavity that is sent to a laboratory for a PCR test. Mr Bogocz is of the opinion that the ideal situation is comparable to the KOVID pregnancy test, in which a quick saliva test immediately produces a yes or no result.

Do we have the technology to perform the fast and accurate tests needed in this scenario? No, not really, not yet. But I don’t think it’s going too far, he said.

Therefore, he believes that the key to the 2020-21 season is to maximize the efficiency of the NHL. Diagnostic tests are carried out, which are quicker and easier to perform. Then there is what God calls an elephant in a room: the widespread introduction of the vaccine, which can happen sooner or later, depending on where you live, who has access to it and at what time.

Once this is done, Bogoc expects changes in state and provincial policies on issues such as border control – frankly, I don’t see border restrictions changing in the near future, he said – and especially at public meetings.

The NHL’s bizarre approach should extend to treatment changes and local restrictions on where matches are played and how the schedule allows for postponement.

I think that when the NHL and other professional sports leagues make their plans, they should be able to take the hits when these changes happen, he said.

Can the NHL detach itself from the pivot cities?

When presenting our history of the NHL plans for 2020-21, almost everyone we spoke to reiterated the same goal: Play for the fans next season. Some teams want to do this from the start, but the most likely scenario is that the NHL starts in the central cities.

The plan, which is still in its infancy, will have three regional bubbles in the United States and one in Canada, where there will be a full Canadian division because of the border issue. These would be hybrid bubbles, and teams would be allowed to go home for certain weeks to spend time there. This will be a temporary facility until the teams hopefully return to their home stadiums at the end of the season.

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Bogotz believes that this plan can be safely implemented if everyone who returns to the turnstile is thoroughly tested and retested as soon as he or she returns. But he thinks the real key is the degree of responsibility of those who leave the bubble when they get home.

You have to deal with changes in behavior, not being able to identify cases quickly, he said.

Last summer Bogoc reached the third place. In this context, the NHL paid particular attention to the second phase of its return plan, in which players were trained in training facilities with security protocols, but were left to their own devices.

You can create a safe environment for the ice rink, but the most important thing is what these guys do at 6pm. We needed a lot of support from the players and everyone else, he said.

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Are the fans safe to return?

There is no doubt that the Stanley Playoff Cup tournament, which is played for a number of disabled fans, is of the utmost importance – and given that in other professional competitions, even in outdoor stadiums, it seems inevitable for hockey.

But when I asked Bogoch what he thought about the fans returning to the NHL games, he said I would be very careful about that in the pre-war period.

If the vaccines come on the market, I don’t think it’ll make any sense: If vaccines can prevent people from becoming ill or reduce the severity of the disease, and if life returns to normal, then yes, this is a great opportunity to start reducing the number of fans in the stands. I don’t think it’s weird. I think it will happen in 2021. This can happen at any time of the season, Bogotch said.

It’s an ideal schedule, but not a friendly game for teams who want to start filling the fans as soon as possible. If the Dallas cowboys and Tampa Bay buccaneers place fans in home games – and they are allowed to do so according to local rules – then the Dallas stars and Tampa Bay lightning rods are likely to do the same whether they are vaccinated or not. But I agree with God: These are closed areas, so fans may be a little less safe when attending ice hockey matches than when attending a football match in an outdoor stadium.

Can NHL fans be returned if they can?

This brings us back to the concept of hygienic theatre. What steps should be taken to be safe and not to make people feel safe when they come back?

Okay, I like that question. There’s science, and there’s what’s really being done. The science is mainly about washing hands and wiping high contact areas. But the emphasis should be on wearing a mask indoors, avoiding messy spaces and keeping a distance of two meters. It’s science, Godotch said.

The same goes for temperature control. For example, we know that a temperature test has virtually no effect on this infection.

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You have to have the right temperature at the right time, in the right place and with the right equipment. For starters, there are many things that can cause fever that are not COWID-19. We know that people with a fever may have VID-19s, but they can be intermittent. We know a lot of people with Covid-19 won’t have a fever. They may feel sick, but they may not have a fever, so setting up a temperature control is not a good control, Bogoc said.

(Like I said, the doctor keeps it to himself).

Despite his feelings about thermal inspection, Bogoc said they help with the optics of the store. It shows that you take the health and well-being of people entering your building seriously, he continues. People watch a kind of hygiene theatre and laugh and have fun. But I really think it’s good for something, too. As long as they adhere to avoiding overcrowding, wearing masks and keeping a physical distance, they clean their faces hygienically. Because she can give people confidence when it’s time to go to a hockey game.

When is a good time to go to a hockey game?

The right time to restart a hockey game is ultimately a personal decision, but it is naive to think that this option will not occur in the 2020-21 season, when local rules seem to be loosening and the teams are eagerly trying to get some income, which could be another difficult tax campaign. When the play-offs begin, the arenas will once again offer everything from Freestyle Blast (with Montell Jordan!) to Justin Bieber’s world tour. (As usual: Bieber and NHL).

The NHL and NHLPA acknowledge that the new season is different from the one we started. Instead of 24 teams and all players moving in one direction to finish what they started, it’s the 31 owners who have different access to their income, and all players are interested in the life of the hubs and the proportional reserves for salaries that have already been reduced this season. All these discussions are overshadowed by a coronavirus pandemic.

Despite the pandemic, the competition and the players have gained a lot of goodwill in the game. We are convinced that they trust science, and we must be sure that they do not cheat science by trying to make money from these sources. Because they don’t need to if they follow the instructions of experts like Bogotch, who is said to be the only one:

Of course, you can never be too sure. We must be humble. We need to be as vigilant as possible. We must meet the highest standards of player and public safety and behave ethically. But I really believe it’s possible.

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1. The people of New York Island. The islanders signed a contract with defender Ryan Pulok on Wednesday (two years, with an average of $5 million a year), with just over $3.9 million left, while Matthew Barzal has yet to sign; his contract will not cost $3.9 million against the ceiling. There have also been some excellent deals negotiated for Matt Martin and Andy Green led by Arthur Staple of The Athletic. Barzal will receive $7 to $8 million in AAV regardless of the period. Normally this would be my case, but Lou Lamoriello is the general manager of the islanders, which means he will probably get a special permit from the NHL to bury the hoods of Johnny Boychuk, Thomas Hickey, Lev Komarov and Andrew Ladd in the Mars colony.

2. Lightning in Tampa Bay. Lightning has not yet been signed by center Antony Cirelli and defenders Mikhail Sergachev and Eric Cernak. They have just over $2,895 million in the canopy. Depending on the time, these three players can cost around $12 million over the limit. Operation: The elimination of Tyler Johnson’s Cape Heath has not yet borne fruit, yet it is only a $5 million saving. It is therefore possible that eventually the attacker Cedric Packett ($1.65 million) and the defender Bradon Coburn ($1.7 million), who does not have a non-compete clause, will also be broadcasted. It would be wise to sell high in the center of Janni Gurda ($5,166,666), but it also has a non-marketing clause.

3rd St. Louis Blues. Blues currently has contracts with Colton Paraiko, Justin Falk, Torey Krug, Marco Scandella, Carl Gunnarsson and Robert Bortuzzo. Vince Dunn has no contract and is a limited free agent. The rookies are above the wage level, but they will be able to open the season with Vladimir Tarasenko and Alexander Stin in reserve for the injured for a long time. So they can pick up Dunn and deal with him later. But seriously: With the Circle and Scandella behind him, he’ll probably come back to the third pair for Dunn. That’s what it’s all about: VINCE DUNN FREE! Let him spread his washing machine wings on someone else’s blue line!

Winners and losers weeks

The winner: Steve Izerman

He has received Anthony Mantoux in four years and $5.7 million AAV, under a redemption contract ($13 million for the last two seasons) and no trade defence. This gave the Detroit Red Wings GM a good player a solid baseball number and the flexibility to bring him to his peak. And that’s why his name is Steve Itzerman.

Loser: Todd Bertuzzi

Looks like a minivan. I forgot his hometown is socialist. America needs intellectuals like him. 0/10 #ToddBertuzzi @Sportsnet650 pic.twitter.com/g3nceM2bL6

– 3. Rest room (@ratemyskipruimte) November 2020.

A former NHL player is on Room Rater treatment after telling a Vancouver radio station that he would leave the United States depending on the election results. A mini-buffet is wild.

Winner: Dallas Stars T-shirts.


Blackout T-shirts will be available from Thursday at 9am at @StarsHangar in Frisco and Victory Park.

Full information ⬇ https://t.co/DQ09Yc3yUV.

– Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) 28. October 2020.

We didn’t have a speaker last week, so I’d like to take this opportunity to praise these new Star T-shirts even more. Of course the color palette is a bit ecto cool, but if we get (again) a black t-shirt, at least Dallas had the common sense to do something brave. This logo is immediate and must be accepted immediately as the main logo.

Loser: Lake Louise

Unfortunately, the NHL will not receive an outdoor game from Alaska on Lake Alberta because the parks department is throwing away the infrastructure and is sponsoring the signage necessary for the NHL to play the outdoor game of the opening season. Can we offer Minnesota? There are lakes! Thousands!

The winner: The legacy of Travis Roy and Joey Moss…

The hockey world recently mourned the deaths of two people who had such a huge impact on the lives of others.

Joey Moss, 57, worked for a long time in Edmonton Oylers’ locker room, which Wayne Gretzky brought with him in 1984-85, when Gretzky met Moss’ sister. Moss has also played over Canada several times. Moss had Down’s Syndrome and was the inspiration for countless people around the Eulers and the Joey’s Home Trust of the same name, which was run by the Winifred Stewart Association. The Memorial Fund raised almost $44,000 for him. I wrote Kurt Levins: Joey has done so much good in this flawed franchise: Hard work, determination, passion, loyalty and consistency. As media representatives and fans, we all saw it and instinctively knew that what Joey had was what the club needed most.

Travis Roy, 45 years old, was paralyzed in 1995 after shoving his head into the shelves just 11 seconds before his first shift at Boston University. He fractured his fourth vertebra, causing him a quadruple trauma. Through the Travis Roy Foundation, he has dedicated his life to helping people with spinal cord injury lead more independent lives through grants for adaptive equipment and research funding. Roy died in Vermont after complications from an operation he needed to maintain his quality of life. Enjoy it and read where Golf, God and Hockey meet my friend John Baxigross.

Loser: Pantheon of botany

KOVID-19 claims the Hockey Hall of Fame of 2021, because the hall will be open during the opening weekend of the 15th World Cup of Hockey. The 2020 class will be introduced in November 2021. (As if Doug Wilson and Kevin Lowe hadn’t waited long enough.) Unfortunately we have to wait for a debate on the candidacy of Daniel and Henrik Gedin in the first year, which… for the record… should lead to them being on the same board and presented as a whole.

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