The Blackhawks have had their share of issues with COVID this season as a team. Their schedule has also been impacted by teams dealing with COVID; they recently had a game against Calgary rescheduled and their upcoming game against the Florida Panthers (on Tuesday, Dec. 21) has been postponed. Something had to give as the league is on the brink of considering a league-wide shutdown.
On Saturday morning, the NHL and NHLPA jointly announced the immediate adoption of enhanced COVID-19 measures. The measures will remain in effect through the holiday season and the New Year. These new measures are a return to preventative measures consistent with last year’s Protocols for all players — vaccinated and unvaccinated — and all members of each club’s traveling party.
You can read the complete new measures here.
According to the league, these measures will be re-evaluated no later than Jan. 7, 2022, by the NHL and the NHLPA.