Tyler Bertuzzi on not getting vaccinated


Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News:

Tyler Bertuzzi said he made a personal choice not to get the COVID-19 vaccinate.

Bertuzzi had a brief Zoom interview with media after Thursday’s training camp practice.

“It went fine, it was good,” Bertuzzi said of his chat with general manager Steve Yzerman about his decision not to get vaccinated. ”It’s a life choice, a personal choice. Personal choice.”

Bertuzzi said he’s talked with teammates about his decision.

“Everything is good, same as normal,” Bertuzzi said.

Bertuzzi didn’t think twice about his decision to not get vaccinated.

Bertuzzi, 26, didn’t think twice about his decision to not get vaccinated. He said he talked it over with family, including the family of his fiancee Ashley Greasley (the couple is expecting their first child).

“It was pretty set in stone,” Bertuzzi said

Bertuzzi could miss as many as nine games when the Wings play in Canada — the Wings’ first road game is Oct. 23 in Montreal —  where he won’t be allowed to enter the country. He is forfeiting his salary for those games.

Bertuzzi signed a two-year contract worth $9.5 million ($4.75 million per season) in July. Bertuzzi could lose approximately $400,000 if he misses those nine games. 

“It’s a personal choice, freedom of choice and life choice,” Bertuzzi said.