Seven Vancouver Canucks have been added to the NHL’s Covid-19 protocol list, bringing the team total to 14.
The NHL announced on Saturday that Goldstein Thatcher Demco, defenseman Tyler Myers and Forwards Poe Harvard, Tyler Motte, Travis Boyd, Jayce Howril and Brandon Sutter have been added to the list.
They send Adam Cadet, Zach McQueen and Antoine Russell, along with goldsmith Braden Holdby, defenders Alex Adler, Quinn Hughes and Travis Hamonic.
It remains to be seen whether the increased number of Connex players under the protocol will lead to additional missed games for the team. Vancouver has already postponed four games and until now the team will not be able to train before April 6th.
Cadet was pulled from practice on Tuesday following a positive test result and was added to the list that afternoon.
The NHL postponed Wednesday after another player with Calgary Flames in Vancouver – later identified as Hamonic – and an unnamed member of the coaching staff entered the league’s protocols.
Holdby, Adler, Hughes, McGowan and Russell were added Friday.
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A player on the COVID-19 protocol list does not have to test positive.
Players and staff must be tested daily for league ethics. When a person’s initial test is positive at any time, the lab performs a second test on the initial sample.
If the second test is negative, a second sample is collected. But if that model gives a positive result, it is considered a “confirmed positive”.
The league requires individuals with positive tests to isolate themselves for 10 days and two weeks for close contact.