The NHL announced on Wednesday evening that the Washington Capitals have been fined $100,000 for violating the league’s COVID-19 protocols. The violation involved social interactions among team members who were in close contact without wearing masks.
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) January 20, 2021
Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov recently told Russian media outlet Sports-Express that the team received a warning from the league for violating the league’s COVID-19 protocols following the season opener in Buffalo.
“Someone either said or saw that we were sitting in the locker room after the game without masks. Well, news traveled fast and the league found out, instantly … But as an excuse, I will say that we did not deliberately violate, but simply forgot about all the rules. The first game, the first victory, there was no time for masks, emotions overwhelmed,” he said.
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) January 15, 2021
It was announced later Wednesday evening that the fine and subsequent additions of Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Dmitry Orlov and Ilya Samsonov to the COVID-19-related absences list stemmed from a recent incident at the team hotel.
The Capitals and Alex Ovechkin would later release a statement regarding the COVID-19 violations.
The Capitals are scheduled to host the Buffalo Sabres on Friday (7 PM ET, NBC Sports Washington). TSN’s Darren Dreger told NBCSN on Wednesday that there are no plans from the NHL to postponed any of the Capitals’ games.
By Harrison Brown