The American ice hockey club Washington Capitals has been fined $100,000, converted over 82,000 euros.
Four players from the club from the NHL violated strict coronare rules last week, gathering in a hotel room during the Capitals‘s first series of away matches this season. Captain Alex Ovetchkin, the Russian star of the Capitals, was also there.
“ I’m sorry that I spent time with teammates in a hotel room,” says 35-year-old Ovetchkin in a statement. “I will learn from this.” The rules stipulate that players are allowed to come close to each other only in the dressing room and on the ice. Out there, they need to keep their distance, to minimise the risk of coronavirus infections.
Nevertheless, the Russians Evgeny Kuznetsov, Dmitri Orlov, Ilya Samsonov and Ovetchkin recently met at the hotel. The Capitals started the season with double away matches against Buffalo Sabres and Pittsburgh Penguins. The NHL has forbidden the four Russians to train for the time being. It is unclear when they can return to the ice. The Washington team, winner of the Stanley Cup in 2018, will play in their own hall against Buffalo Sabres on Friday.