NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says only four players unvaccinated as season begins

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The 2021-22 NHL season (:57)

TAMPA (Fla.) -- NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman stated that the league has four unvaccinated members as it opens the 2021-22 season.

Bettman was present for Tuesday's regular-season opener, which saw the Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning face off against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Bettman stated, "Everybody working together to do the right things." "Maybe that's the reason hockey is such a great team sport."

Bettman stated that all NHL officials and personnel who come in contact with players have been vaccinated.

Bettman stated, "It is something we take very seriously." "Health and safety have been and will remain paramount."

Still, there are COVID-19 cases that involve players who have been fully vaccinated.

Due to COVID-19 protocols, the expansion Seattle Kraken will have to cancel a few players' games Tuesday night in Las Vegas. Additionally, Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche star, will not be able to play against Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday due to an illness.

This report was contributed by The Associated Press.