Blue Jackets drop assistant coach who won’t get vaccinated

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets said Monday that the team has replaced an assistant coach who declined to get a COVID-19 vaccination.

Sylvain Lefebvre was replaced on coach Brad Larsen’s staff by Steve McCarthy because “Lefebvre has decided not to receive a COVID-19 vaccine and thus will not be able to perform the duties required of him given current NHL protocols,” according to a team statement.

NHL coaches and other team staff who closely interact with players are required to be fully vaccinated.

“While we are disappointed, we respect that this decision is a personal one for Sylvain and wish him well,” Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said.

Lefebvre, a former NHL defenseman and longtime coach in the American Hockey League, was added to the staff in July by Larsen, the former Blue Jackets assistant who replaced the fired John Tortorella.

McCarthy is a former NHL defenseman who was promoted from the Cleveland Monsters, the team’s American Hockey League affiliate, for which he was an assistant coach.

“Steve has done a great job working with our young defensemen in Cleveland the past five years and is ready for this opportunity,” Larsen said.


More AP NHL: and


Conversations are opinions of our readers and are subject to the Code of Conduct. The Star does not endorse these opinions.

Articles You May Like

‘I didn’t know anything about it’: Chicago star Kane participates in NHL’s investigation
Chris Johnston: The William Nylander stalemate is a cautionary tale for NHL teams with top restricted free agents still unsigned
Forgotten Philadelphia Flyers: Ruslan Fedotenko
Dave Feschuk: ‘It’s about giving these athletes their identity back.’ Sports conditioning guru Matt Nichol pounds home core values, and finds room to grow
Sabres News & Rumors: Luukkonen, Murray, Eichel & More

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *