The Vancouver Canucks Have Officially Banned 'Fortnite', And Presumably All Video Games, During Road Trips
Say what you want about forcing professional athletes to go play outside during their free time like they are overweight children, but you've got to admit that nothing proves that the Canucks know how to best connect with their young, tech-savvy players like using the name of one popular game to refer to video game systems as a whole. Banning 'Fortnite', and every other interactive experience that apparently falls under its umbrella, does seem a wee bit extreme, but it's important that sports' franchises limit distractions on the road.
Personally, I can't think of a better way to do just that than by forcing a bunch of well-off 20-something year old hockey players to spend all their quality time together out on the town exploring destination cities, as opposed to holed up in the rooms in which they'll sleep. Addiction is a serious issue, and - if we've learned one thing from the rare case of one single unnamed prospect who prioritized handling the wrong kind of sticks - it's that it obviously more likely to rear it's ugly head through gaming than galavanting.
The Vancouver Canucks might seem like it's an organization run by out-of-touch idiots that treat the allure of the video games they've never cared to play like more of a drug than actual drugs. However, I'll be damned if they aren't doing their best in controlling the damage done by friendly competition by severely limiting the ways in which their players can bond in controlled environments during their down time! Anything to create cohesive culture that's conducive to winning...or something like that...