No other Vancouver Canucks player has been added to the NHL’s COVID-19 list
No Vancouver Canucks player was added to the NHL’s COVID-19 roster on Thursday, suggesting an end to the team’s outbreak may be in sight.
Nineteen Canucks players remain on the roster and the team have said all players and staff are in quarantine.
The Canucks issued a statement on Wednesday saying 25 people in the organization have tested positive for the virus since the outbreak began on March 30.
The release also said the outbreak – the largest in NHL this season – involves a variant of the virus and that genomic sequencing is underway to determine which specific variant.
Six Canucks games have been postponed and have yet to be rescheduled by the NHL.
A player on the COVID-19 protocol list has not necessarily tested positive. Players who are isolated after a trip or who have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, for example, are also on the list.
No new Leafs on the roster after Nylander missed the game
Meanwhile, Toronto Maple Leafs forward William Nylander remained on the protocol list, but none of his teammates were added on Thursday.
Nylander was placed on the roster Wednesday before the Maple Leafs game against Montreal. The Leafs say he was exposed to a possible positive case with close contact outside of the team.
Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe said after the game that the team discovered there could be a problem around noon on Wednesday, and he credited Nylander for being honest about it.
“We thank Will for the way he handled the situation by sharing his efforts with us and letting us know. [about] a potential situation, ”Keefe said. It’s important to point out that Will didn’t break any protocol. “