The league has made some important changes to its balcony safety guidelines in the last few years, but the league is still not taking any steps to prevent players from jumping to their deaths, according to a report from ESPN’s Adam Kaufman.
The league’s rules have changed over the years, and some players, like the New York Rangers’ Mark Recchi, have gotten away with jumping from their balconies.
This is something that’s been discussed in the past, but it’s something that the league has not taken any meaningful action to address, Kaufman said.
Kaufman, who is a former NHL referee, has been a vocal advocate for more changes in the league’s policies and guidelines since the end of the 2012-13 lockout, which saw a series of high-profile deaths at the hands of players who jumped into the stands to celebrate a goal.
Players have gotten out of jail twice this year.
The former Ottawa Senators forward Patrick Sharp went to jail after he was charged with assaulting his girlfriend, who was wearing a safety harness on her way into a bar.
Sharp was acquitted of the charges, and the judge agreed with the defence that he could have been more careful in the situation.
Another former Ottawa Senator, Chris Phillips, died in April after he jumped from a balcony to avoid getting hit by a puck.
Phillips had been arrested in March after his girlfriend broke into his apartment, where Phillips had a gun.
The NHLPA has pushed the league to take steps to improve its policies and procedures on balcony safety barriers.
Last year, the league made changes to how the barriers are used, including limiting the height of the barrier.
Players are now required to use a safety barrier that’s 20 feet higher than the height they’re wearing on their back.
The other big change, Kaufman says, is the fact that the NHL has started requiring players to have a video camera in their balconys when they play, so that they can record what they see.
That means that players who jump into the crowd will not only be subject to cameras, but they’ll also be videotaped while they’re up there.
In 2016, the NHL expanded its video-sharing program for fans to include the fans in the crowd as well, allowing fans to be on the ice when a player jumps from their balcony.
Kathleen Wynne, Ontario’s premier, said at the time that she was “absolutely delighted” with the changes, saying the video sharing program was a “step in the right direction.”
But it’s a step that has to be taken now.
“The safety of our players and the safety of the fans and the players’ families are paramount,” Wynne said.