Islanders loan unvaccinated defenceman Bode Wilde to Vasterviks IK in Sweden

New York Islanders goalie Jeremey Smith, left, dives to stop a shot on goal while Bode Wilde, right, adds to the effort during the second period of an NHL preseason hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers, Monday, Sept, 17, 2018, in Philadelphia (Tom Mihalek/AP).


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The New York Islanders announced on Tuesday that they are loaning defenceman Bode Wilde to Vasterviks IK of the second-tier Swedish hockey league.

Wilde was absent at Islanders training camp due to not taking the COVID-19 vaccine. The defenceman then took to Instagram, where he made false claims that the organization was violating his human rights by not allowing him to attend camp. Once screenshots of his comments circulated on Twitter, Wilde turned his Instagram on private.

Wilde was a second-round draft pick of the Islanders in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

In 2020-21, the 21-year-old recorded three goals and three assists in 22 games played with the Islanders AHL-affiliate, Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

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