Calgary Flames’ Travis Hamonic Is First Player To Opt Out

Calgary Flames’ General Manager Brad Treliving released the following statement this evening regarding defenseman Travis Hamonic.

“Earlier this evening Travis called me to inform us that he has decided to opt out of the NHL Return to Play Program. Travis explained that due to family considerations, he has made the difficult decision not to participate in the Stanley Cup Qualifier and Playoffs.

“While we will miss Travis in our line-up, we understand and respect his decision. Our focus remains on preparation for training camp and our upcoming series in the NHL Qualifying Round.”

Players have until Monday to officially opt out.

Earlier on Friday, after the NHL and players’ association agreed on the protocols on phases three and four of the league’s return-to-play plan, the round-robin and qualifying round schedules were released. The Washington Capitals will face the Tampa Bay Lightning in their round-robin opener on Monday, August 3.

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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