Mackenzie Blackwood is New Jersey’s Unvaccinated Player

NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - FEBRUARY 16: Mackenzie Blackwood #29 of the New Jersey Devils celebrates the win over the Columbus Blue Jackets at Prudential Center on February 16, 2020 in Newark, New Jersey.The New Jersey Devils defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 in a shootout. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

When training camp opened, New Jersey Devils’ general manager Tom Fitzgerald announced that one player at camp was not vaccinated against Covid-19. Today, Mackenzie Blackwood announced that he was the unvaccinated player after days of speculation.

If Blackwood chooses to remain unvaccinated then he would not be able to participate in the nine games the Devils play in Canada this season. Aside from those games, there would be no other issues with eligibility unless the team played a Canadian opponent in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Since Blackwood remains unvaccinated, he is following different protocols than other players. The 24-year-old goaltender will not be able to leave his hotel when on the road and can be suspended if he is unable to participate in club activities. Unlike vaccinated players, Blackwood can also have his pay docked if he misses time due to Covid-19.

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