Canucks Insist Hamonic Is On Personal Leave

Jake Cooper - 22 Oct 2021

Defenseman Travis Hamonic is reportedly on indefinite leave mutually agreed to between himself and the Vancouver Canucks.

But while GM Jim Benning on Monday explained the situation as being the result of Hamonic having to work through a personal matter, rumour has it the 31-year-old has in actual fact been suspended without pay under the league’s vaccination protocols.

Benning’s statement on Monday referred to a temporary leave of absence. It however remains to be seen for exactly how long Hamonic will be away, with the situation made all the more precarious by information suggesting the real reason behind the “absence” to be that of an unvaccinated status. If so, this would indeed not only limit Hamonic’s movements with the Canucks, but also his ability to play for the club’s AHL affiliate in Abbotsford.

Canucks Ask For Privacy

Benning asked on Monday that fans, the media, and the public respect the privacy of Hamonic and his family, while adding that the Canucks will not be issuing any further statements on the matter either now or in the near future.

Hamonic early in 2020 signed a professional try-out contract with the Canucks before being offered a two-year, $6 million deal-extension in July this year. He’s scored three goals and 10 points across a total of 38 games played for Vancouver.

Before joining his previous team, the Calgary Flames, by means of a trade-away on June 24, 2017, the defenseman played a considerable stint for the New York Islanders.

He made news headlines late in the post-season last year when he became the first NHL player to opt out of competing due to family considerations during the global health crisis.

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Full Crowds At Rogers Arena

In more positive news, when Vancouver hit the ice for their season’s opener on October 26, they’re likely to do so before a full-capacity crowd at Rogers Arena.

According to an announcement made by B.C. provincial minister of Health Dr. Bonnie Henry on Tuesday, most capacity limits in the region’s indoor arenas will be lifted for those gatherings requiring proof of vaccination.

Capacity limits for indoor sporting events will end on October 25, only a day before the Canucks’ at-home opener. Limits will also be lifted for movie theatres, theatres, concert halls, weddings, and other indoor-based organised events.

50% capacity limits will however remain in force along regional borders, which include areas such as the Northern and Interior Health regions, and Fraser East. All venues will be mandated to continue with the current mask requirement for gathering indoors. 

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