VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Five more Vancouver Canucks players have entered the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol list.
Alex Edler, Braden Holtby, Quinn Hughes, Zack MacEwen and Antoine Roussel have joined Adam Gaudette and Travis Hamonic on the list.
Our thoughts are with the affected players, staff and their families. Health comes before everything else.
— Francesco Aquilini (@fr_aquilini) April 2, 2021
The final list of affected players has to be submitted to the NHL by 5 p.m.
“I’m hearing that more Canuck players have tested positive,” The Athletic’s Rick Dhaliwal told Sportsnet 650 Friday morning. “I’m not surprised. I’m trying to get it confirmed, but when the league announces the COVID list today, could be an interesting number in Vancouver — that’s what I’ve been told.”
“I’m assuming players will go back in for testing today, they’ll ask for that to be expedited again so they can get the results,” Murphy said. “But obviously not the news you’re looking for. You hope guys are healthy and safe, but if you look at the timeline here, it’s a little strange.”
The #Canucks are dealing with additional positive COVID-19 cases among players & staff.
— Tim and Friends (@timandfriends) April 2, 2021
We know the Canucks cannot return to practice until at least next Tuesday, April 6, or play a game again until Thursday, April 8, at the earliest.
It was confirmed on Thursday, April 1, that two Vancouver players and a coach had entered the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol, derailing Wednesday’s game against the Calgary flames. It also put the Canucks’ seven-game road trip on pause.
The decision was made by the NHL’s, NHLPA’s and club’s medical groups.
Canucks forward Adam Gaudette, who was pulled from Tuesday’s practice following a positive test result, was added to the NHL’s protocol list that afternoon. Defenceman Travis Hamonic was added to the protocol list on Thursday.
A player on the COVID-19 protocol list has not necessarily tested positive.