VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — The Vancouver Canucks will return to the ice to face the Edmonton Oilers on April 16 after being sidelined by COVID-19.
The team facilities have been closed since March 31, when the Canucks were due to host the Calgary Flames. That game was called off an hour and a half before puck drop. Since then, 25 people linked to the team have tested positive, including 21 players. Of those players, three are on the taxi squad.
According to the team, they will start practice on April 11 if tests done Saturday come back negative.
“The Canucks’ organization has, and will continue to follow, all recommended guidelines aimed at protecting the health and safety of its Players, staff and community at large as set by the NHL, local, provincial and federal agencies,” says a statement.
The puck drops again April 16th.
— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) April 10, 2021
The team will have to make up eight games between April 16 and May 16.
“The NHL will continue to assess the progression of the regular season before announcing definitive dates for the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. With the newly revised end date for the regular season for the North Division, it is possible that the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the East, Central and West Divisions could open a few days earlier than the North Division,” the statement from the Canucks continues.