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Ex-Av, Colorado Eagles coach Brett Clark leaves team over Covid protocols



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Earlier today, a former Avalanche defenseman, Sylvain Lefebvre, lost his job as an assistant with the Columbus Blue Jackets for refusing the Covid-19 vaccine. Tonight, the same thing appears to have happened with another ex-Avs defenseman – Brett Clark.

Clark, who was slated to serve as an assistant with the Eagles this coming season, has departed the team over what is believed to be the same situation. It is believed that Clark has chosen not to receive the vaccine, and he will be replaced on the bench by Tim Branham, currently the head coach of the Avalanche’s ECHL affiliate, the Utah Grizzlies. Again, like the Sylvain Lefebvre story, I’m surprised Clark did this. Some might say he’s gambling with his future, like at, but to each their own.

Clark, who played with the Avs from 2003-10, issued a statement, saying, “Under the league protocols, I am not permitted to fulfill my duties on the Eagles coaching staff at this time. I appreciate the opportunity and look forward to resuming my coaching career at some point soon.”

In August, the NHL sent a memo to teams that also applies to the AHL, which reads, “Any person whose job, role, position or access entails or entitles them to have personal interactions (within 12 feet) with club hockey operations personnel, including players, are required to be fully vaccinated.”

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