A few teams, including the Edmonton Oilers, Calgary Flames, Boston Bruins and San Jose Sharks, use their cameras in the shadows of their own players, even when they are not playing.
They are not permitted to be photographed in the dressing room.
“You are allowed to take a picture of the players when they walk into the locker room, but you can’t use them for the purpose of capturing images,” said NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly.
But what about when the cameras are used for official business?
The league will be discussing its policy at a news conference Wednesday afternoon.
If the league follows through on its goal of protecting its players’ privacy, it will likely be a topic for discussion at the press conference.
While the league has been reluctant to talk about the issue, Daly acknowledged that it has been a topic of discussion in some of the league’s private meetings.
“The league is very mindful of the privacy issues and the fact that we have a great deal of information that we are not allowing to be made public,” Daly said.
“And we would like to make sure that all the information we are sharing with you is as accurate as possible.”
It also says that players may not be photographed without their permission, and that they must take down the video and other audio that is used for the purposes of a camera.
The league has had some success with its camera ban, although it is far from clear that the use of the cameras by coaches and players has led to any changes to the way coaches and athletes are viewed.
Daly said that the league is working to address some of these privacy concerns.
“It’s always been the intention that we would do the best we can to protect the privacy of our players, but there are times where we are confronted with situations where we do have a concern, and there’s a process in place that is in place to address that,” he said.
He said that a number of players have used the cameras to film their team’s games.
“We have seen a couple of instances where we have had conversations with the players,” Daly explained.
“So we would love to work with them to make those better.”