Red Wings F Tyler Bertuzzi explains decision not to receive COVID-19 vaccine

Detroit Red Wings forward Tyler Bertuzzi found himself in the headlines when GM Steve Yzerman revealed that is the only player on the roster that hasn’t received the COVID-19 vaccination.

And for the rugged Bertuzzi, it isn’t because he’s not been able to receive the vaccination yet, but rather that he’s choosing not to outright.

Should he remain unvaccinated when the regular season rolls around, he won’t be able to play in Canadian cities with his teammates owing to health and safety protocols. He would forfeit US$450,000 if he misses the Canadian city games.

For Bertuzzi, it came down to a personal choice.

“It went fine, it was good,” Bertuzzi said of his discussion with Yzerman. ”It’s a life choice, a personal choice. Personal choice.”

He also explained that he’s discussed his decision with his teammates, with whom he won’t be able to take the ice in Canadian cities.

“Everything is good, same as normal,” Bertuzzi said of his relationship with his teammates. And according to Bertuzzi, he didn’t have to think twice about his choice.

“It was pretty set in stone,” Bertuzzi said.

The Red Wings begin their exhibition schedule on September 29 against Chicago.

– – Quotes via The Detroit News Link – –

One Comment

  1. What Bertuzzi doesn’t understand is that it is not a personal choice, By choosing to go unvaccinated he endangers everyone he comes into contact with, including all of his teammates. Is he really so arrogant that he thinks he is smarter than virtually all the Heath care rofessionals in the country

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