The northern Canadian division of the NHL has been hit by COVID-19 for the second time in two weeks.
The league postponed the match between Connaughts and Flames on Wednesday night after a second Vancouver player and a member of the team’s coaching staff were added to the league’s COVID-19 protocol list.
Adam Cudded, who was pulled from practice on Tuesday following a positive test result, was added to the list that afternoon.
The call was made on Thursday by the medical teams of the NHL, the League, the NHL Players’ Association and Conox, which said it would provide further updates.
A player on the COVID-19 protocol list does not have to test positive.
The Montreal Canadians have postponed four games – the first to be scratched in the North this season – and last week forward Jesperi Kotkaneemi and Joel Armia were added to the protocol list.
Those postponements included closing the Canadians’ training facility, forcing them to reschedule 11 games.
If Cadet had tested positive for a variation, Connex head coach Travis Green would not have said so following Wednesday morning’s skate.
“I’m not going down to personal matters with Adam Cadet,” he said. “We’re getting ready to play, and we plan to do that.”
Green told his club that they were clear with a positive test following some tense times.
“[Tuesday] When you get the news, you’m always thinking about it, “he said.” We had a good idea last night and we are good to go this morning.
“We tried to focus on that task, and let the people who advise us on ethics let us know if anything else is changing.”
42 games have now been postponed
The NHL’s disconnected 56-game schedule is now 42 matches postponed due to COVID-19.
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.
The 24-year-old has seven points (three goals, four assists) from 33 games this season. Knox also did not see winger Jack Wirtanen in practice on Tuesday, saying Green was “not feeling well, so he was at home”.
With Vancouver and Calgary identical 16-18-3 records in the division, Montreal are five points behind for fourth and final playoff place, although five games have a huge advantage for Montreal on hand.
Flames is scheduled to visit the Edmonton Oilers on Friday before opening the four-game homestand starting Sunday against the Toronto Maple Leaves and Conks.
The Canucks were coming off a six-day break on Wednesday, just before getting ready to embark on a seven-game road trip starting Saturday in Edmonton.
That’s all there is to it in the air right now.
Vancouver Forward J.D. Miller and defensiveman Jordi Benn missed several games in January after being placed on probation.
“It’s not the best,” Miller said Wednesday morning. “Everyone is trying to do the right thing so that this does not happen.
“We hope we can minimize the damage here, and the Gats don’t feel too bad.”
WHL Kelowna in 14 day isolation
On Wednesday, the Western Hockey League announced that the Kelowna Rockets had suspended all operations for at least 14 days following six additional positive COVID-19 tests, taking a total of seven places at the club after a positive test the day before.
The WHL states that positive COVID-19 test results belong to two employees and four players.
In accordance with the WHL’s return-to-play protocol, rockets are immediately isolated and tested, and anyone in close contact is advised to self-isolate and monitor symptoms for 14 days.