SJ - October 20, 2021
Sharks forward Evander Kane was suspended by the NHL for 21 games without pay for submitting a fake vaccination card. There is no vaccine mandate in the league, but there are more restrictions for the unvaccinated.
Sources confirmed earlier this month that Kane was being investigated over allegations that he submitted a fake COVID-19 vaccination card to the NHL and the Sharks. While the NHL and the NHLPA do not have a vaccine mandate for the 2021-22 season, vaccinated players have far fewer restrictions on them than do unvaccinated players -- including the ability to play games in Canada without a mandatory quarantine.
According to the NHL, Kane was suspended for "an established violation of, and lack of compliance with, the NHL/NHLPA COVID-19 Protocol." The money he'll forfeit goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund, per the terms of the collective bargaining agreement.
Not only do they have more restrictions for the unvaccinated, the NHL has more punishments for the dumb. Kane submitting a fake vaccination card is the definition of dumb.
I don't care that he didn't actually get the vaccine. As I've said all along, get it if you want it, get it. If you don't want it, don't get it. But don't do dumb shit like this.
I'd love to know how the NHL knew his vaccination card was a fake. That's probably a very funny story.
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