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NHL team the New York Islanders has postponed their games through the end of November.

The earliest they could return to the rink is December 2, 2021.

2The New York Islanders have postponed their November games Why are New York Islanders games postponed?

The New York Islanders postponed a series of games due to eight of their players being in COVID-19 protocol.

According to a statement issued by the NHL, the Islanders' schedule is being "reviewed and revised".

"The National Hockey League announced today that as a result of an additional New York Islanders Player entering COVID Protocol this morning, and up to eight players potentially unavailable to play due to COVID protocol, as well as the possibility of additional cases due to spread, the team's games will be postponed at least through Tuesday, November 30," the NHL said in the statement.

"The decision was made by the League in consultation with the NHLPA's and Club's medical groups.

"The Islanders organization has followed, and will continue to follow, all recommended guidelines aimed at protecting the health and safety of its Players, staff and community at large as set by the NHL, local, state and national agencies," they continued.

The postponements will affect the Islanders' Sunday, November 28 game against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden and Tuesday, November 30's game at Philadelphia.

This is the second hockey team to have to postpone games due to COVID-19 protocols, with the Ottawa Senators making the same decision a week prior.

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According to the NHL website, their 2021-2022 season COVID-19 protocol has been updated to include the widespread availability of the vaccine and its effects on players coming into contact with each other.

The protocol "allows fully vaccinated Player and Club personnel to return to a more “normal” and less regulated approach from a COVID-19 perspective, while those who are not fully vaccinated remain subject to additional preventative and detection measures to help protect against the contraction and transmission of COVID-19."

While acknowledging they are not able to mitigate all risk, the NHL explains their definition of fully vaccinated as someone who received an FDA, Health Canada, or WHO-authorized vaccine.

There are still travel restrictions in between the United States and Canada, and players who are not fully vaccinated may not be able to participate in travelling between the two countries.

Within the protocol, NHL clubs and teams are able to suspend players who are not fully vaccinated.

"... there shall be no forfeiture of any compensation for an Unvaccinated Player whose unvaccinated status is based upon medical reasons or a conflict with his sincerely held religious beliefs," the protocol states.

The protocol guide also states that "Unvaccinated Players are required to wear face coverings at all times when with the team or in team spaces."

Certain exceptions to being maskless are included, such as while a player is actively exercising or eating and drinking.

2The NHL has a long list of COVID-19 protocols for the teams to followCredit: Getty Images - Getty What are the New York Islanders standings this season?

Coming off of an eight-game losing streak, the New York Islanders are currently last in the Metropolitan Division with a record of 5-10-2.

Their season started with 13 road games, followed by a four-game losing streak at their home arena, UBS.

No previous Islanders team before this one has lost its first four home games.

Islanders coach, Barry Trotz, believes the challenge his team is facing is detrimental.

"This is one of the biggest challenges I've ever faced in 20-something years," he said.

"And I started with an expansion team."

The 59-year-old coach was in charge of leading the Washington Capitals to a Stanley Cup win in 2018, and was the head coach of the Nashville Predators during their expansion years.

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Broward County Sheriff sacks deputy union head amid COVID-19 dispute

The sheriff of Broward County, Fl., has fired the head of the sheriff's office deputies union amid a three-year dispute that escalated over accusations that the sheriff was not providing officers with proper protective gear against COVID-19, The Associated Press reported. 

In a statement on Thursday, Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony said he fired Broward Sheriff’s Office Deputies Association head Jeff Bell for engaging in “corrupt practices” and “conduct unbecoming” to his position, per the AP. He also claimed Bell lied to local media outlets about him in an attempt to prevent his election to a full term in Nov. 2020.

Tony additionally said that the firing was unanimously recommended by the sheriff's office's professional standards board.

“The evidence shows Bell used corrupt practices to try to prevent me from being elected sheriff by providing misinformation and lies to the media to create fear and distrust among [Broward Sheriff’s Office] employees and within the community during a global pandemic,” Tony said in his statement. 

“This type of behavior is egregious at any time but even more harmful and shameful during an unprecedented health crisis,” Tony continued. 

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisDemocrats walk out of confirmation hearing for Florida surgeon general Biden trails generic Republican in new poll, would face tight race against Trump Overnight Health Care — Senators unveil pandemic prep overhaul MORE (R) appointed Tony as county sheriff in 2019 after dismissing the previous sheriff, Scott Israel, due to his alleged mishandling of the 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre, according to the AP. 

Bell, a 26-year veteran of the sheriff’s office who has been president of the 1,400 member union since 2015, told the South Florida Sun Sentinel that he would fight his firing in court, the AP reported. 

“This is so personal for Greg Tony,” Bell told the newspaper, per the AP. “He cannot separate business from personal. Anything you bring against the sheriff office, he looks as a personal attack against him.”

The dispute between Tony and Bell began after the sheriff disciplined deputies for allegedly using excessive force, according to the AP. Per the wire service, Bell claimed the deputies had been action under policy changes Tony had made, while the sheriff denied making any policy changes.

Their feud reached a boiling point after three officers and six civilian employees died from COVID-19, with Bell writing an op-ed for the Sun Sentinel accusing Tony of not providing sufficient masks and other protection for officers during the early days of the pandemic, the AP reported. 

“Tony has been politically fiddling with facts like Nero as Rome burned,” Bell wrote in the op-ed. “This so-called BSO savior, the man who rode into office with the support of distraught Parkland parents and this union, has failed to provide leadership.”

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