San Jose Sharks associate coach Rocky Thompson was forced to resign because he could not be vaccinated Thursday.
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The 44-year-old instructor therefore spent only one season behind the bench of the Californian club. He was also an assistant with the Edmonton Oilers in 2014-15.
“Due to a medical exemption that prevents me from getting the COVID-19 vaccine, under new league protocols, I am not allowed to perform my duties on the Sharks coaching staff for the moment, he commented on Friday, according to the team’s official website. I will not have any other comments on this subject. ”
Thompson was also head coach of the Chicago Wolves for three seasons, from 2017 to 2020. He led the team to the Calder Cup final in 2019, but the Charlotte Checkers had the upper hand by then.
Originally from Calgary, Thompson played 25 games with the Florida Flames and Panthers as a forward in the National League. He got 117 penalty minutes without collecting a single point.