Calgary Flames defenceman Travis Hamonic has opted out of the NHL's Return to Play, the team announced on Friday.
"Earlier this evening Travis called me to inform us that he has decided to opt out of the NHL Return to Play Program," Flames GM Brad Treliving said in a statement. "Travis explained that due to family considerations, he has made the difficult decision not to participate in the Stanley Cup Qualifier and Playoffs."
The NHL and NHLPA ratified a Return to Play plan and a new collective bargaining agreement on Friday. The Flames open up their qualification round aganst the Winnipeg Jets.
Hamonic has released a statement through Titan Sports 365, the agency that represents the defenceman
"Due to what my daughter already has gone through and the concerns if she were to catch COVID-19, I've decided to opt out and seek a leave of absence from the Calgary Flames for the remainder of the playoffs." Hamonic said. "I wish I could lace up my skates and be out there battling, blocking a shot and helping the team win but my family has and always will come first. Being my little kids' dad everyday is the most important job I have.
"I love this game and my team. This is a decision that is extremely hard for me to make. I wish my teammates the best of luck and good health. I look forward to joining the C of Red, the greatest fans in the NHL, in cheering on my teammates as they chase the opportunity to bring the Stanley Cup home to Calgary."