With the NHL’s league-wide protocol of not disclosing any medical information to the media or fans, teams have been instructed to state a player is “unfit to participate” if they are unable to practice.
Media and fans alike are then left guessing what the reason for the player’s absence really is. Does “unfit to participate” automatically mean it is a positive COVID-19 test, or is it just a simple maintenance day?
Corey Crawford has yet to be seen at Blackhawks training camp, so when captain Jonathan Toews was also deemed “unfit to play”, fans panicked. Luckily, Toews was back after missing just one practice and those fears were quickly squashed.
Fresh or “Unfit”?
During Monday morning’s practice, Jonathan Toews left the ice early and the reasoning was later described as a decision to keep him fresh.
The next day Toews was not present for practice and this time coach Jeremy Colliton and GM Stan Bowman both states Toews was “unfit to participate”.
The Blackhawks had an off day on Wednesday, so there was no update regarding Toews’ status.
Fortunately, Toews is participating in Blackhawks’ practice Thursday and seems to be just fine.
The Blackhawks travel to Edmonton on Sunday when they will have just five days to prepare for their Qualifying Round series against Edmonton. Part of that preparation includes an exhibition game against the Blues on Wednesday.