Max Domi announced his decision to join the Montreal Canadiens for the Stanley Cup Qualifiers after having extensive conversations with doctors about the risks of contracting the Covid-19 pandemic with Type 1 diabetes.
He said that it was a decision that he thought long and hard about, obviously weighed every option and he is here now and very happy to be here and can’t wait to get started.
According to the Mayo Clinic website, Type 1 diabetes is a chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little or even no insulin, the hormone needed to allow sugar to enter cells in order to produce energy.
Domi said he wears a Dexcom sensor so that he can see his blood sugar each five minutes. However, there is not enough evidence to confirm the idea that who are suffering Type 1 diabetics in good shape and meticulously monitor their blood sugar are at less risk for coronavirus complications.
Domi said that what helps him is that he has got pretty good control over his blood sugars. Obviously it will affect more in several ways but there’s no way of really knowing. Personally, all he can do is just make sure that he is doing everything on his end to keep his blood sugars very stable.
The forward and the Canadiens agreed when training camp opened July 13 to wait 7-10 days before deciding whether he would participate or not. Domi added that he spoke to his own doctors, and his doctors affiliated with the team, the NHL as well as the NHL Players’ Association (NHLPA), at the same time skating on his own a limited amount for safety reasons.
Both the NHL and the NHLPA agreed to strict health and safety methods in the Return to Play Plan, which features 24 teams restricted to Secure Zones in two hub cities, including 12 Eastern Conference teams in Toronto and 12 Western Conference teams in Edmonton.