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I heard this on the news while driving into work this morning.  The news article states that the Vancouver Canucks have decided that:  “No more Fortnite. No more bringing video games on the road. It’s strictly team meals, team dinners and hanging out with the guys. So we put an end to that.

Canucks players put in video game ban on the road

I liked that the article specifically talks about the importance of  spending face to face time together.   Working in this field, we constantly see the negative impact of how someone can become isolated by spending increasing amounts of time playing games and not connecting with family and friends.  This announcement helps to bring the conversation into the public and to hopefully have young people engage in conversations about their video playing and the importance of keeping it balanced with other activities.  

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Interesting that the team managment must have been seeing a negative impact on the players from their tech use.  I am so curious as to what was happening that brought them to this place.  Wouldn't that be a great study?  The impact of video gaming on professional athletes?

I wonder though, if this will merely force their playing to be covert? 

Also, they have restrictions on their movements ie curfews so I wonder if they are being offered alternatives on how to use their down time while in hotel rooms and travelling?

The person quoted in the article said that there was better things to do when travelling to cool cities, such as getting out and seeing the cities instead of being "cooped up in the room" and I'm curious how such all or nothing language and rule will be thought of or adhered to?

This has the potential to be a really great educational moment if they would share their concerns and look at how to support the various needs of the players without making such strong decrees, or at least share why and how they came up with the no gaming rule.



It must be really boring to endure these gruelling trips, they probably have a lot of games in California and they fly there, everybody thinks the NHL is glamorous but maybe it is nice to have some down time. They could be using the games to treat anziety from all the pressure of the NHL, or they like the dopamine rush from the bells and whistles. I guess there has to be balance, and not have it interfere with their practices if they stay up late playing video games. I wonder how they will enforce the ban ?

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