The ban is meant to encourage players to be a social, close-knit group on the road, according to the Canucks organization:
“(‘Fortnite’s’) definitely a no-go on the road,” Horvat said in the interview. “No more ‘Fortnite,’ no more bringing your video games or anything like that. It’s strictly team meals, team dinners and hanging out with the guys.”
“There’s a lot of cool cities we visit and to be cooped up in your room, not doing anything and playing ‘Fortnite,’ I think it is a waste of your time.”
“On the road, it’s a great time to bond with the guys and have conversations and get to know each other”, said Sven Butenschon, head coach of the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds men’s hockey team, who agrees that road trips are an opportunity to forge relationships with teammates, not play video games.
Earlier this week, Winnipeg Jets forward Patrik Laine, who loves to play Fortnite himself, joked with reporters that if the Jets ever started playing as poorly as the Canucks last season, they would consider a similar ban.
Back in August, TSN’s Rick Westhead tweeted that OHL players have been told to scrub all references to Fortnite from their social media as some NHL teams view it as a distraction.
An OHL team employee tells me some players have been advised to scrub Fortnite references from social media accounts.
Some NHL teams consider the video game a major distraction/obsession.
— Rick Westhead (@rwesthead)
The game is also said to cause injuries for some players with the latest example being Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price, who suffered a bout of carpal tunnel syndrome reportedly caused by playing Fortnite.
The Canucks are 1-0 to kick off the NHL season. Clearly, the Fortnite ban is working!