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San Jose Sharks associate coach, unable to get vaccine, steps down

Apr 20, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; A view of a hockey puck and yellow boards before the game between the Dallas Stars and the Detroit Red Wings at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 20, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; A view of a hockey puck and yellow boards before the game between the Dallas Stars and the Detroit Red Wings at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

San Jose Sharks associate coach Rocky Thompson, who is unable to receive the COVID-19 vaccine due to an undisclosed medical reason, stepped down Friday.

“Under the new League protocols, I am not permitted to fulfill my duties on the Sharks coaching staff at this time,” Thompson said in a statement. “I will have no further comment on this matter.”

Under league rules, any person who goes within 12 feet of NHL players must be vaccinated for COVID-19.

Thompson was preparing for his second season on San Jose’s coaching staff. The Sharks plan to name his replacement in the near future.

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–Field Level Media