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Sharks associate coach Rocky Thompson leaving staff due to COVID vaccination status

When the NHL revealed its 2021-22 COVID protocol on Thursday, there were a number of exceptions included. One such exception was that players with a medical or religious reason for not receiving the COVID-19 vaccine would not be subject to the suspensions that other unvaccinated players would be. The protocol for staff was written much stricter, stating that anyone in direct contact with players or other hockey operations personnel had to be fully vaccination. However, it seemed reasonable that these medical and religious exceptions for players would also be considered for staff.
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Sharks associate coach Rocky Thompson steps down, unable to get COVID-19 vaccine

ESPN's Emily Kaplan reported Thursday that the NHL had informed teams of health and safety protocols for the 2021-22 season that will be held during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic at a time when safe vaccine shots are available to every player and employee. One of the guidelines states that anybody with a job that requires being within 12 feet of players must be vaccinated against the coronavirus to participate in the campaign.

Rocky Thompson passes away at 81 in Plano

Rocky Thompson died in Plano, Texas, due to causes incident to Alzheimer’s disease at age 81. He played in 306 PGA Tour events between 1964 and 1992 and saw action in 506 PGA TOUR Champions events after turning 50. From his teenage years on, golf was Thompson’s way of life.
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PGA TOUR Champions winner Rocky Thompson passes away at 81

The crowd in Syracuse, New York, was already cheering. The object of its affection was the PGA TOUR Champions player born as Hugh Thompson but known throughout his professional life as “Rocky.” Thompson had just defeated Jim Dent at the 1991 MONY Syracuse Senior Classic, and as he stood adjacent to the 18th green at Lafayette Country Club, Thompson took the microphone and began working the crowd.