New York Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto is among those who are considering using his body camera while on the ice, and he’s not the only one.
The league announced Tuesday that it is reviewing its policies regarding body camera use on players and coaches and is expected to make a decision by June 30.
The move comes as the NHL tries to figure out how to regulate and enforce the use of body-worn cameras, and the league also has a pending lawsuit against the NHL that alleges it is not following the rules.
The NHL says it has already made “significant strides” toward ensuring that the cameras are in compliance with league rules, and it has said it would work with league officials to develop a new set of rules to address player privacy.
“As the Commissioner has indicated, the league is committed to creating a safe environment for our players and our fans,” the league said in a statement.
“In order to do this, the NHL will work with the players, coaches, league staff and others to identify any areas where we can make improvements.
This includes creating a clearer process for determining when and how a player can be subject to a facial-recognition analysis and for players to be provided with a copy of the device and/or a copy in case of an emergency.
We have also made significant strides in addressing concerns that the league’s policies and procedures may not be sufficient.
We are working with our partners at the league office to develop the new set to ensure that all players, players’ assistants and others have access to this new technology.”
This is a challenging time for the league, and we have seen the negative consequences of not following our current policies.
The league will continue to work with players and other stakeholders to create a system that is fair, transparent and ensures that the safety of our players is protected.
“Players have complained that the NHL’s body cameras are not recording everything that happens in games.
The cameras have been used by players on the New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins, as well as some teams from other NHL teams.
But some teams have been reluctant to adopt the technology, citing concerns about privacy and safety.