The Detroit Red Wings announced on Wednesday evening that forward Tyler Bertuzzi has been placed in the NHL's COVID-19 protocols.
Bertuzzi is the third Red Wings player to enter protocols this season, with Dylan Larkin being pulled from a game on Nov. 16 before it ultimately being revealed to be a false positive test, and Danny DeKeyser hitting the shelf in late November. Both players have since returned to the Red Wings' lineup.
Bertuzzi's case, however, is a tad different.
At the moment, Bertuzzi is the NHL's lone unvaccinated player, entering the season as one of four players to opt against receiving the vaccine before the other three began the vaccination process once the season began. That obviously heightens the risks to Bertuzzi's health if he has indeed contracted the virus, as well as greatly increases his likelihood of spreading it to those around him.
How the NHL handles protocols surrounding an unvaccinated player this season will be particularly interesting to watch.
Due to his vaccination status, Bertuzzi is already unable to cross the border and play any Canadian opponents. He has 16 points in 20 games this season.