NHL players are already using the online chat system to communicate with one another.
But some are concerned that the league’s latest rule change, which prohibits any players from using the system in public, will encourage other players to do the same.
More than 100 NHL players have signed up to participate in the “All-Time NHL Chats” event, which was announced Thursday by the league and the National Hockey League Players’ Association.
The event, designed to highlight players who have been at the center of major trade rumors this off-season, will also feature the likes of Alex Ovechkin, Marian Hossa, Connor McDavid, Patrick Kane and Wayne Gretzky.
“We have to take advantage of it and be a little bit more mindful,” said Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk, who is among the participants.
“We’re trying to use it to try and learn from other people, but it’s something we have to be careful about.
It’s not a good place for a guy to be, if they want to play in the league.”
Players are required to use the NHL’s official chat system at least once a week, and a person is considered to be in the chat room if he or she is active, in the room and/or uses a microphone to communicate.
The chat site allows people to use their own devices, but can be used in a group chat or by a single person.
The NHL said that all participants must be at least 18 years old.
“This is a big step for the league, and it’s a huge change for our fans,” said Dallas Stars forward Jordie Benn, who signed up for the event.
“There are some who will be against it, and some who are against it.
It definitely will be an interesting challenge.”
In the past, the league has banned players from participating in the event after the players realized it was only available to them and their families.
But that ruling was overturned by a federal judge in late January, and the league is considering the issue again.
“I can’t really explain how it will be perceived,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said of the chat system, which he said is only for players who use their smartphones.
“I can only tell you that I can’t speak for other people.”
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