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Flyers name Rocky Thompson assistant coach

The Philadelphia Flyers announced today they have hired Rocky Thompson as an assistant coach, according to President of Hockey Operations & General Manager, Chuck Fletcher. Thompson, along with the recently hired Brad Shaw as associate coach, will join head coach John Tortorella's staff behind the bench. "Rocky is an important...
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Quick Hits: Dev Camp Finale, Grosenick, Rocky Thompson

1) Friday is the final day of the Flyers' 2022 Development Camp. As has become a tradition, the camp will conclude with a half-rink 3-on-3 tournament. Results will be posted in Saturday's blog. 2) With Ivan Fedotov compelled to do one year of military service in Russia, the Flyers have...

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.

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.